When Jan Novák describes himself as Miloš Forman’s autobiographer, he is not entirely joking. He really did co-write the most famous Czech-American film director’s memoirs, and Forman himself has spoken of the book as “my life as lived by Jan Novák”. But Jan Novák is a great deal more than a biographer.
“Patience with God”, a new book by Tomáš Halík, a Catholic priest and a renowned Czech theologian, has been put out by the US publisher Doubleday and hit the bookshelves in English-speaking countries around the world. A reflection on faith and atheism, “Patience with God” will be officially launched at the seat of the UN in New York on Tuesday. Radio Prague spoke to Mr Halík about some of the issues he deals with in his latest work.
The writer Jan Novak has been presented the Josef Skvorecky Award for his novel Deda (Granddad). Novak, who settled in the United States after leaving Czechoslovakia the late 1960s, also received a cheque for CZK 250,000 (over USD 13,000) from the organisers, Prague's Josef Skvorecky Private College.
Milos Forman of "Amadeus" fame is without question the most famous of directors to have emerged from the Czech New Wave movement of the early 1960s. Along with Jiri Menzel, Ivan Passer and others, he produced internationally acclaimed work throughout the decade, known as the golden age of Czech film, and enjoyed success in the West. Lesser known is the documentary film work of such Czech feature filmmakers, while documentaries made by Czechs in exile - those who fled Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in the 1930s, after the communist takeover in 1948,
The Czech-born author Jan Novak has won the coveted Magnesia Litera "book of the year" award for his biographical novel about two brothers who fled communist Czechoslovakia in the early 1950s. Ctirad and Josef Masin - sons of a Czech anti-Nazi resistance hero - were part of an anti-communist group of men who shot several policemen dead and killed two StB secret police officers during earlier robberies of arms stores, before escaping to the West. The Masin brothers - who still live in self-imposed exile in the United States - are viewed as killers
On Monday the winners of the annual Magnesia Litera literary awards will be announced in Prague, and the ceremony will be shown live on Czech Television. One book has been nominated in two categories, best fiction and important event in publishing. It is called "Zatim dobry" or "So Far So Good" by the Czech-born author Jan Novak who now lives in the United States. The 800-page book tells a true story of the escape of two brothers, Ctirad and Josef Masin, the sons of a Czech anti-Nazi resistance hero, to West Berlin in 1953. Opinion is divided on
The number of students studying modern languages at British universities has been on the wane in recent years, as is the trend throughout much of Europe. There are fewer and fewer degree programmes in "minority languages" like Czech on offer in the United Kingdom, with long-term governmental funding at risk.
My guest in this week's One on One is Howard Sidenberg from Twisted Spoon Press, an independent publisher that offers a wide spectrum of literature from Central and Eastern Europe in English. Howard is one of three men who founded Twisted Spoon in Prague in 1992, along with late writer Lukas Tomin from a well-known Czech dissident family, and Kevin Blahut from Massachusetts. Today, however, it is primarily Howard Sidenberg from Richmond, Virginia who keeps the small operation alive and well. Though it had humble beginnings, Twisted Spoon today