Modern Czech Classics

Thursday 14th April 2016
19:00 at Waterstones, London - Piccadilly

Modern Czech Classics

We are pleased to share with you Karolinum’s forthcoming release in its Modern Czech Classics series, Midway on Our Life's Journey, a darkly comic and long-banned novel from one of Czech literature’s voices rediscovered after the fall of Communism, Josef Jedlicka. Written between 1954 and 1957 and treating events from the Stalinist era of Czechoslovakia’s postwar Communist regime, Midway on Our Life's Journey flew in the face of the reigning aesthetic of socialist realism. Constructed from lyrical sketches of everyday life in industrial north Bohemia, and set against a backdrop of historical and cultural upheaval, Midway interweaves meditative and speculative reflections with fragmentary accounts of Jedlicka’s own life and the lives of people around him—typically rendered as overheard conversations—as they go about the business of “building a new society.” Due to its critical view of socialist society and the mythology that goes with it, Midway remained unpublished until 1966 amid the easing of cultural control, but a complete, uncensored version of this anti-heroic novel did not appear in Czech until 1994. 

This evening will be a reading and panel discussion with the translator Alex Zucker, Rajendra Chitnis, senior lecturer in Czech, Slovak and Russian literature at University of Bristol; Owen Hatherley, author of the best-selling Landscapes of Communism; and Jana Nahodilova, deputy language director at University of Britsol.

£5 tickets (redeemable against purchase of the book on the night) are available in store, by telephone 020 7851 2400 or by email [email protected]



London - Piccadilly Waterstones, London - Piccadilly
Thursday 14th April 2016

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