"The sky over the western horizon was a riot of colour. Small clouds, edged with burnished gold, drifted into the bright beyond. The scene in all its splendour, put me in mind of an explosive display of coloured fountains, or the outpouring of some demented painter, who had flooded the canvas with golden oranges, swimming in their own blood-red juice. It was as if a rainbow was glowing inside an open furnace. But most of all, it was like the sun setting in the mountains, and beautiful to behold..." A wonderfully lyrical passage from one of the
Last Saturday, hundreds of comics fans from the Czech Republic gathered at the Mlejn Club in Prague for a day of discussions, lectures and friendly chatting about what's hot and what's not in the world of comics. Part of the daylong gathering, called comiCZcon 2004, was an award ceremony at which prizes including Best comic writer, artist and publisher, were awarded. Alan Moore's graphic novel "From Hell" was awarded a prize for best publication in 2003 and was also voted best book by the visitors of the gathering. As if that was not enough, "From Hell",
It is a pleasure for me to do this week's edition of Czech Books. I had the opportunity to speak with Czech author, playwright and journalist Benjamin Kuras. We have had Benjamin numerous times here at Radio Prague, so perhaps some of you may already know that he planted his seeds in journalism here at our station. But his stay at Czech Radio was cut short. He started in April 1968 and after the Soviet invasion in August, emigrated to Britain where he began to work for the BBC. Although still residing in England, Mr. Kuras continues to write polemical
Welcome again to the rich world of Czech writing with Czech Books. Iva Pekarkova is a writer who loves adventure. Regular listeners to Czech Books will know that she's best known for her novel "Dej mi ty prachy" - Gimme the Money - which was inspired by her years working as a New York cab driver. Her first novel from the late eighties, "Pera a perute" - Truck Stop Rainbow - explored the fate of a young hitch-hiker-turned-hooker in Czechoslovakia just before the fall of communism, and now she has just completed a work of non-fiction, a travelogue
Two weeks ago, we told you that the sixty-five-year old Czech writer, Jiri Grusa, had been elected president of the International PEN Club at the organisation's congress in Mexico City. A few hours after Mr Grusa got off his plane in Vienna, where he serves as the Czech Republic's Ambassador, I caught up with the - in his own words - jetlagged new president in the Austrian capital and asked him about his objectives in his new post.
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.
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