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20 Feb 2014 18:30 - 18:30

Erben's KYTICE: an acclaimed new translation by Susan Reynolds

Along with Mácha’s Máj and Nĕmcová’s Babička, the poetic cycle Kytice by Karel Jaromír Erben is one of the best-loved and indeed most important creations of Czech literature. Curator of the British Library’s Czech and Slovak collections, Susan Reynolds is responsible for this new, definitive translation of Erben’s masterpiece inspired by the folk tales of which he was an assiduous collector. On the evening Susan will read from the poems and will give some insights into the process of her translation.

Kytice was first published in 1853, when the author Karel Jaromir Erben was 42 years old, and consists of famous ballads such as "The Golden Spinning-Wheel", "The Noonday Witch", "The Wedding Shirts" or "The Water Goblin".
Susan Reynolds´ translation of Kytice (The Bouquet) in a bilingual edition was published just before Christmas and has already become a best-seller among both Czech and English-language readers.

Susan Reynolds
is a linguist, poet and curator of Czech and Slovak literature at the British Library in London. This newly published dual-language edition is her second translation of Erben´s most famous work.
Susan will be introduced by Michael Tate of Jantar Publishing, specialists in the translation of poetry in the languages of Central and Eastern Europe.

Free admission, but registration is necessary by e-mail to bcsa@bcsa.co.uk or by phone 020 8795 4875.

Refreshments will be served.


Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY


20 Feb 2014 18:30 - 18:30


British Czech and Slovak Association (BCSA)

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