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Czech BooksLucie Lomová: no bounds to reality

28-03-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Lucie Lomová, photo: Robert Sedmík Comic books and graphic novels are rapidly becoming a popular and recognized form of Czech literature and they build on a tradition that in this country goes back well over a century. Lucie Lomová is one of the foremost representatives of the art form here and her books both for children and adults are hugely popular. A testimony to her talent is the fact that her books have even made an impact in France, the spiritual home of the comic strip. She talks to David Vaughan.  More

Czech BooksJiří Pehe and a novel that pits angels against the isms of our age

14-03-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Jiří Pehe, photo: David Vaughan Ivan Klíma has described the 2009 novel Three Faces of an Angel by Jiří Pehe as one of the most outstanding Czech novels since the fall of communism. The book is not only an epic and dramatic journey through the life of one family in the twentieth century, but also a reflection on many of the issues of our time. If you are more familiar with Jiří Pehe as a political scientist, you may also be surprised to find that it even reflects in some detail on the nature of angels. David Vaughan talks to the writer.  More

In FocusStudy traces Czech comics’ evolution from lowbrow to respected medium

10-03-2015 16:00 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Akropolis For years, comics was considered a lowbrow genre and was neglected or even banned during the Communist years. Recently, however, the situation has changed with new, talented authors emerging, and it seems that comics has finally become a respected part of Czech culture.  More

Czech LifeCzechs cling to literary traditions in spite of new technologies

07-03-2015 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Barbora Kmentová March is national reading month in the Czech Republic, with special events taking place all around the country. There has always been a strong reading culture in the country, but with all the new technologies available do Czechs still have time to read? What kind of books do they prefer and how much time do they devote to reading?  More

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


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