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Culture

Interview: Modern Czech Poetry

Czech literature certainly has plenty of exquisite classic authors to offer. Nevertheless, even the young generation is active within this specific field and bring a plethora of fantastic works to the market. In this article, I would like to help you approach Czech modern poetry through an interview with two fantastic contemporary poets: Šimon Leitgeb […]Read More

Art

Q & A: Czech History of the 20th Century

Being at the very heart of Europe tends to throw you into the centre of bigger countries’ turmoil. Czech history has always been shaped by its unique location between the East and the West, between the North and the South. During the Thirty-Years war in the 17th century, it was the Swedish armies which invaded […]Read More

Politics

Russian Literature around the World: Doctor Zhivago

The novel “Doctor Zhivago” can be described as Pasternak’s “lyrical autobiography” or simply – the work of his whole life, because from its conception (1912) to the publication of the work, almost half of the writer’s life passed. Repeated attempts to start a profound and immense story ended with the creation of independent, separate novels […]Read More

Culture

How the Portuguese See Classic Czech Literature: Immortality

“Man reckons with immortality, and forgets to reckon with death.” Immortality by Milan Kundera In 1990, the last Czech-written novel called ‘Immortality’ by the most famous modern Czech author Milan Kundera was published in France. What does it mean to be immortal? What does the word ‘immortality’ actually mean? Can people be immortal? Kundera presents […]Read More

Politics

How the British See Classic Czech Literature: The Joke

In the 1950s, after the 1948 coup d’état, the Czechoslovak people faced totalitarian terror from the communist party. Czechoslovaks weren’t allowed to leave the state borders (there were barbed wires, mines, fences, and guards…) and their daily routine was shaped by the fear of political trials which affected every part of society. For being a […]Read More

Society

Russian Literature around the World: Fathers and Children

The History of its Creation  Turgenev first thought of creating a new work describing reality when he was on the Isle of Wight, in England. There he conceived a major story, the hero of which should be a young doctor. The prototype of Bazarov came from a young doctor, who Turgenev met while traveling by […]Read More

History

How Czechs See Classic Brazilian Literature: The Sad End of

“The Sad End of Policarpo Quaresma”, published in its entirety in 1915, is one of the greatest classics in Brazilian literature. With easy-to-understand writing and a satirical atmosphere, the book tells the story of Policarpo Quaresma, a dreamer and a nationalist who does everything for what he believes to be the best for Brazil, his […]Read More

History

Russian Literature around the World: Petersburg Tales

Nikolai Vasilyevich came to St. Petersburg, still a young man dreaming of transforming the world. When he reached St Petersburg, he collided with the reality of the big city. His plan was to become a lawyer in order to improve the lives of the people there. However, the young man soon understood that this was […]Read More

Society

The First Republic

Even though Czech history is full of oppression, absolutism and unfreedom in many eras, we can point to the origins of Czech democracy at the heart of the nation’s story. The 20th century was truly essential for the political and historical evolution of the Czech lands. At the beginning of the century, Czechs were citizens […]Read More

Politics

The Corona Crisis Around the World: A Year On

A little over a year ago, it would have been almost impossible to predict that the world was on the brink of a pandemic. To date over 2.5 million people have lost their lives to Covid-19, the new virus, and it has drastically affected the lives of even those who haven’t caught it. It has […]Read More