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Politics

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

Society

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

Society

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

History

Russian Literature around the World: Eugene Onegin

The novel “Eugene Onegin” has a central place among all the artistic endeavors of A. S. Pushkin. This is the most significant work of the poet, the most famous and influenced the development of Russian literature the most. The novel took 7 years, 4 months and 17 days of hard work (1823 – 1831) and […]Read More

Art

How Czechs See Classic Russian Literature: Oblomov

“I am referring to the process of conscious and unconscious creativity. First of all, I will say about myself that I belong to the latter category, that is, I am most interested in (as Belinsky remarked about me) “my ability to draw.”  Ivan Goncharov This is exactly what Ivan Goncharov, a famous Russian writer and […]Read More

Art

How the British See Classic Czech Literature: The Unbearable Lightness

Internationally, Milan Kundera is possibly the most famous Czech writer of all time. His books, which include titles such as The Joke, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting or Laughable Loves, have become Czech classics and global bestsellers. Despite his enormous fame in the Czech Republic, his attitude towards […]Read More

History

How Czechs See Classic British Literature: Animal Farm

Animal Farm, an allegorical novel, was published in 1945, as the second world war came to its end. Labelled by Orwell himself as ‘a fairy story’, it tells the tale of a farm which stages a revolution against its farmer and, in doing so, all of man-kind. The animals dream of a farm in which […]Read More

Nature

Five Things to Do before Travelling to the Czech Republic

Loads of people visit the Czech Republic every year. In particular, tourists mostly visit Prague, the capital city of Czechia. However, the majority of them are only able to admire the beautiful architecture or enjoy the delicious Czech food, but they can’t fully understand and appreciate the vacation since a lot of things remain hidden […]Read More

Languages

How Czechs See Classic Russian Literature: Dead Souls

Why did Chichikov want to buy dead souls? Why did Gogol burn the second book?​ All of these questions have been pondered by philologists for a long time, and the time has come to share these facts with you, as well as see how Czechs see Russian classic literature. Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol is a widely […]Read More