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5 Oct 2017 19:00 - 20:30

Martin Fahrner at Family Tales of War

How can literature reconcile the personal with the national, even international, experience? As authors around Europe increasingly write about history through a familial lens, Dulce Maria Cardoso of Portugal, Martin Fahrner of the Czech Republic, Polish-Ukrainian author Zanna Sloniowska, and Péter Gárdos of Hungary discuss how they use family stories to tell wider stories of war and its impact across Europe.

Martin Fahrner: The Invincible Seven
Original title: Steiner aneb Co jsme dělali
Translated from the Czech language by Andrew Oakland
194 pp, paperback, 14 x 20 cm
ISBN: 978-80-906428-1-2
In telling the stories of several generations of one family, the author sketches the development of Czech society in the recent past. His version of history is replete with humour and hyperbole, as well as emotional depth.
The protagonists live in difficult times. The book observes in some detail more than fifty years of history, opening in the pre-war period, giving a view of the plight of the German minority that remained in Czechoslovakia after the war, proceeding to the Russian occupation of the late Sixties and the subsequent persecution, before taking in 1989’s Velvet Revolution and beyond.
The Invincible Seven received an enthusiastic response from critics and readers alike; it has been through two editions in the Czech Republic and has also been published in Slovenia (Mladinska Knjiga, 2005) and Germany (Piper, 2006)

About Martin Fahrner

Born in 1964, Martin Fahrner graduated from the Faculty of Education in Ústí nad Labem and the Faculty of Theatre in Prague (DAMU). He has worked as a dramaturg, boilerman, potter, tour guide in the High Tatras and HGV driver on trans-European routes. He has co-authored several stage plays. He seeks out stage plays for production in Czech theatres and translates them from the English. 

Pohádky pro veliké děti – Tales for Grown-up Children (1993)
Steiner aneb Co jsme dělali – The Invincible Seven (2001, 2002)
Pošetilost doktora vinnetouologie – The Folly of the Doctor of Winnetouology (2004)
Bláznův kabát – The Madman’s Coat (2015)

The evening will be chaired by Anita Sethi.

Anita Sethi is an award-winning journalist, writer and critic who has written for publications including The Guardian and Observer, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Times Literary Supplement, Granta and New Statesman, appears regularly on BBC radio, and chairs events at venues in the UK and around the world.

Full Price: £10.00
Member: £7.00
Under 18: £7.00
Other concessions available
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Part of the European Writers’ Tour 2017 in partnership with EUNIC London, the Portuguese Embassy, the Czech Centre London, the Polish Cultural Institute in London, Slovenian Embassy and the Hungarian Cultural Centre.

The European Writers’ Tour 2017 is a EUNIC London project coordinated by the Instituto Camões (Portugal) in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature and the British Library. It is supported by The European Commission Representation in the UK and EUNIC Global, with additional support from the Czech Centre, Flanders House and the Institut Français.

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5 Oct 2017 19:00 - 20:30


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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