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8 May 2018 18:30

'New' Fiction from 'Old' Czechoslovakia

Join Tim Beasley-Murray, translator David Short and Slovak author Richard as they discuss newly translated fiction from the Old Czechoslovakia - the little country that would have been 100 years old this year but disappeared 25 years ago.

2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I and, with it, the foundation of many small states in Central and Eastern Europe. 

The eightieth anniversary of the Munich Agreement (1938), the fiftieth anniversary of the Prague Spring and the Soviet Invasion (1968) and the unmarked silver jubilee of the 'Velvet Divorce' when Czechoslovakia split into the 'new' Czech Republic and Slovakia (1993) form major parts in the narrative of three books translated by David Short and published as The Short Czechoslovak Trilogy

Tonight, the panel will discuss how three modern authors use humour and first-person narrative to both critique historical events and challenge the future. 

Tickets: £8 (£6 student) 
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Dr Tim Beasley-Murray teaches European Thought and Culture at University College London. His research operates on the borders of literature, philosophy and political theory. 

David Short is an award-winning translator of Czech and Slovak fiction into English. His translations include the works of Hrabal, Havel, Gal and Hasek. 

Richard is a Slovak doctor working in London. Gaudeamus is his first novel. 

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Gower St. Waterstones, 82 Gower St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6EQ


8 May 2018 18:30


Jantar Publishing, Waterstones

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