The End of a Priest (Schorm, 1969)

A really amazing Evald Schorm film that was released after the Prague Spring, and as far as I can tell, one of the last Czech films that really fits the true “New Wave” moniker (alongside other late period films  661 more words

Listening to a radio play, I found myself back in a summer school in Moscow in August 1968

I’ve just been listening to a play on Radio 4 about some British teenagers at a Soviet summer beach camp in August 1968, when the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia. 339 more words


Josef Skvorecky: The Engineer of Human Souls

This is one of my all-time favourite books, and I’ve just read it for the fifth time, according to my records; I was somewhat astonished to see, however, than I hadn’t picked it up since the end of the last century… 683 more words


Prague Vivaldi Master’s Orchestra Jan Palach Square

Thursday evening I attended a concert at the Rudolfinum’s Suk Hall. The Rudolfinum is in Jan Palach Square along the banks of the Vltava River. Since it opened in 1885, the beautiful… 293 more words

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Mechanisms of Totalitarianism in Kundera's "The Joke"

On the 1st of April 1929, the Czech Republic’s most recognized living writer, and author of the highly acclaimed novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being… 750 more words


Young girls picked them, every one

For the last few days I’ve been wondering what I can do, if anything, to make things better in this mad, mad, post-truth, us-and-them world. 1,013 more words

Thinking, Or Ranting, Or Both

The Greatest Distance Runner of All Time - Emil Zatopek Part 3: The Socialist Who Fought With Anti-Authoritarian Zeal

It was July, 1952. The Czech national team had already departed for Helsinki, Finland to take part in the Olympic Games. But their most famous team member, Emil Zátopek , was not on the plane. 958 more words

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