Parliament's passing of next year's state budget including its record 115 billion crown deficit, as well as a street protest by students angry over the under-financing of Czech universities - both make the front pages of today's dailies. One of the headlines in reads "Relief for the government - the budget has passed", while showing a photo of a visibly pleased Prime Minister Vladmir Spidla.
Today we look at a book that wasn't written by a Czech. The author is the Canadian journalist Karen Levine, but the story she tells has its roots firmly in the Czech countryside. Her book, "Hana's Suitcase" tells the story of a Czech girl, Hana Brady, and how her tragic fate in the Second World War came to touch the hearts of children on the other side of the globe. There have been many books written about the Holocaust, but this story is unusual: it takes us from the quiet little town of Nove Mesto, where Hana was born into an ordinary middle
Iva Pekarkova is one of the best known younger Czech novelists. You might have heard of her novel that appeared in English as "Gimme the Money", inspired by her experiences as a New York taxi driver. For her latest book, published last week, Iva has once again left the Czech Republic, this time for the huge West African state of Nigeria. Najdza - hvezdy v srdci" - stars in your heart - is a fascinating travelogue based on her African experience. She told David Vaughan how she came to write the book.
Welcome again to the world of Czech writing, with Czech books. Prague is a city of legend - its origins are steeped in mediaeval mythology - and even the river Vltava is said to be frequented by mysterious and malicious water-sprites. And it's not just Prague. The Czech countryside is rich in folk legend, and the mysteries of this country's past have inspired Czech writers through the generations.
In this week's edition of Czech Science we look at a new encyclopaedia that has just been published. In 2000 and 2001 the Euromedia Group publishing house put out a ten-volume encyclopaedia called Universum, which contained 150,000 entries and was awarded in the Dictionary of the Year contest the following year. Last autumn a multimedia version of the encyclopaedia was published and was awarded the main prize in the same contest. A four-tome version followed and finally, last week a single-volume, up-to-date edition of Universum came out, containing
This week we're going to be looking at a very special area of Czech writing, children's literature. I'm delighted to have with me in the studio Monika Voskova, who is a translator of - amongst other writers - Muriel Spark, J.M.Coetzee, and in children's literature Paul Zindel and Judy Bloom. She also teaches in the English Department of the Charles University's Pedagogical Faculty, where she specializes in children's literature. And the book we'll be discussing specially is "Fairytales" by Karel and Josef Capek, which exists in an English version
An extraordinary book about the Holocaust has just been published in Prague. It's the story of a suitcase - a suitcase that belonged to a young Czech Jewish girl called Hana Bradyova. Hana was one of tens of thousands of Jewish Czechs who were sent to the ghetto in Terezin during the Nazi occupation. David Vaughan picks up the story of "Hana's Suitcase".
Welcome again to Czech Books. Now every little boy feels a frisson of excitement as he watches a train thundering past or disappearing into a tunnel, but by the time we hit 30 most of us have become pretty blasé about such things. Not so the Czech writer Jaroslav Rudis. His writing reflects a positive obsession with trains, and even the famously unsuccessful punk band he plays in has the unlikely name of U-Bahn, named after the Berlin underground railway. In fact the Berlin U-Bahn was the hero of Jaroslav Rudis's highly successful first novel,
President Vaclav Klaus's speech in the lower house on Thursday makes headlines in most Czech dailies. In his first address to the lower house as President, Mr Klaus criticised, among other things, the coalition government's reform of public finances. LIDOVE NOVINY writes his speech provoked mixed reactions in the chamber - only members of the opposition Civic Democrats, a party headed for many years by none other than Mr Klaus, agreed with what he said.
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