Trial by Theatre: Reports on Czech Drama (Paperback)Barbara Day (author)
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Drawing on a range of oral and written sources, as well as her unique personal experience of cultural and historical events in Czechoslovakia from the 1960s to the 1980s, Day offers a sweeping view of Czech theater, its colorful personalities, and international connections. Her story details: the days of the National Awakening in the nineteenth century, when theater took the place of politics, becoming an instrument of national identity in the hands of the revivalists; theater as a symbol of independence during the Nazi occupation; its survival of Socialist Realism and Stalinism and subsequent blossoming in the "Golden Sixties"; and theater's essential role in Prague Spring and beyond, when for two decades theater operated in provisional spaces like gymnasiums, bars, trade union halls, art galleries, and living rooms. Trial by Theatre culminates in the Velvet Revolution of 1989, a year that saw the installation of Vaclav Havel--a playwright--as the first post-Communist president of Czechoslovakia.
Publisher: Karolinum,Nakladatelstvi Univerzity Karlovy,Czech Republic
Number of pages: 380
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Without exaggeration one can say that this book is a treasure trove of one of the most fascinating periods of a small nation."--Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz, FRSC, Professor Emerita of the University of British Columbia's Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies