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Czech BooksMartin Reiner and a poet in the maelstrom of the 20th century

28-02-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Photo: Torst It is not often that one book receives two major Czech literary awards within a few weeks, but that is just what happened at the end of last year in the case of Martin Reiner’s documentary novel Básník – in English “Poet”. In November the book won the Josef Škvorecký Prize and then a month later it went on to be voted Lidové noviny’s Book of the Year. The novel is the culmination of nearly thirty years’ research into the life of one of great Czech poets of the 20th century, Ivan Blatný. David Vaughan talks to Martin Reiner about the book.  More

Current Affairs“Once upon a time there lived a thief …” bedtime stories as told by a judge

19-02-2015 16:17 | Loreta Vašková, Daniela Lazarová

Illustrations by Šárka Nogová “Once upon a time there lived a thief …” the times are changing and so are fairytales. A collection of stories written by a judge from police files reflects the reality of the present day far better than the traditional classics and the aim of the collection is to teach children right from wrong in an entertaining manner.  More

Czech BooksMarek Toman and a shocking story of terrible murder

14-02-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Marek Toman, photo: David Vaughan We are in Prague’s Jewish Ghetto at the end of the 17th century. A young boy dies under mysterious circumstances. Did he die of natural causes or was it murder? This real life mystery is the starting point for the latest novel by the Prague writer, Marek Toman. The book takes us on a journey where past and present intertwine, and where rumour, prejudice, fear and deception draw us ever further from the truth. David Vaughan went to meet the author.  More

SpecialTribute to top Czech translator Pavel Medek

04-02-2015 16:44 | Jan Velinger

Pavel Medek, photo: CTK We pay tribute to one of the leading Czech translators from English, Pavel Medek, who died on Tuesday at the age of 63. Mr Medek was best known for translating all seven books of the Harry Potter series, together with his brother Vladimír. Jan Velinger spoke to the translator back in 2003 and began by asking him if he recalled the first time he was introduced to the Harry Potter world:  More

SpecialPaul Polansky and the Lety Roma camp: Part 1

30-01-2015 15:04 | Chris Johnstone

Paul Polansky, photo: Pino Alpino, CC BY-SA 3.0 This is the first of a two part programme which focuses on American genealogist and amateur historian Paul Polansky and how he brought to Czech and worldwide attention the existence of the Czech camp for Roma at Lety during the Second World War.  More

One on OneEnergy of ‘90s Prague was invigorating, says Maltese writer Alex Vella Gera

26-01-2015 15:50 | Ian Willoughby

Alex Vella Gera, photo: Ian Willoughby Novelist Alex Vella Gera made headlines in his native Malta in 2009 when he found himself in court over a short story deemed obscene by the authorities. The piece had been written several years earlier, during a spell the writer – then in his 20s – spent living in Prague in the second half of the 1990s. Vella Gera has just been back in the Czech capital for the first time since then for a short visit. When he came into our studios, I asked what for him had been the appeal of ‘90s Prague.  More

NewsCourt clears publishers of Hitler speeches

23-01-2015 12:38 | Ruth Fraňková

A court in Brno has cleared the publishers of Adolf Hitler’s speeches of charges of propagating Nazism. The regional court on Friday upheld the verdict of a court in Brno issued in September last year, which found no evidence that the collection of Hitler’s speeches promoted the Nazi ideology. Two co-owners of a Brno-based publishing house, Guidemedia, and an editor faced up to ten years in jail on charges of propagating Nazism. The book, which was released in 2012, consists of 18 addresses delivered by the Nazi dictator between 1939 and 1942. 

Czech BooksInterview with Czech author Miloš Urban

10-01-2015 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Miloš Urban Czech author Miloš Urban has written such novels as The Seven Churches and Lord Mord. His works have been translated into a variety of languages asides from Czech, including English, Polish, Spanish and Hungarian. He is also a prolific short story writer, and has translated books by such authors as Julian Barnes, Graham Masterton and Rose Tremain into Czech. He also works at the Czech publishing house Argo.  More

BusinessReduced VAT rate comes into effect as of January 1

02-01-2015 15:58 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Kristýna Maková As of January 1st, Czechs should save money on books, baby food and medicines which are now subject to a lower 10 percent value added tax.  More

ArtsČapek villa yields trove of original sketches, drawings and handwritten documents

12-12-2014 16:53 | Jan Velinger

Josef and Karel Čapek, photo: Public Domain Specialists have been conducting an extensive inventory of items at a villa in Prague 10 which was once owned by writer Karel Čapek and his brother Josef. Included on the list, is a trove of original sketches, drawings and handwritten letters found in a secret safe, reported just this week.  More


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