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15 Feb 2018 - 16 Feb 2018

My Itinerary Has Been Monotonous for Quite a While in Lisbon

The Unearthing the Music conference in Lisbon will also feature the Portuguese launch of My Itinerary Has Been Monotonous for Quite a While, the first ever published English anthology of poems by Ivan Martin Jirous, poet, band manager of The Plastic People of the Universe and legendary Czech underground activist.

Ivan Martin Jirous (1944-2011) was together with Václav Havel one of the key actors of the Czech cultural dissent, representing its rawer, underground part. Throughout his stormy life he wrote hundreds of poems often revealing the tender and even pious side of his wild personality.

Sensitively translated by Marek Tomin and illustrated by Lucie Ferliková, My Itinerary Has Been Monotonous for Quite a While is the first collection of his work published in English. It presents a selection of poems written during his sentence in Valdice in the 1980s, later published in Czech as the award-winning Magor´s Swan Songs, and some poems and short stories written for his daughters Františka and Marta.

Published by Divus London in partnership with the Czech Centre London.

The launch is part of UNEARTHING THE MUSIC: Creative Sound and Experimentation under European Totalitarianism (1957-1989)

Part of the Czech and Slovak Century Series


Goethe Institut Lisbon, Campo Mártires da Pátria, 37, 1169-016 Lisboa, Portugal

From: 15 Feb 2018
To: 16 Feb 2018


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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