Program.

Wednesday 16. 10. 2019

10:30    Viktore Hanišová: “Anežka” (Agnes, publisher KLAK Verglag, September 2019, translated by Hana Hadas)

 

Presenter: Jörg Becken (publisher, KLAK Verlag)

Language: German
Venue: Leseinsel der unabhängigen Verlage der Kurt-Wolff-Stiftung, Frankfurtský knižní veletrh, hala 4.1

A book release at the Leipzig Book Fair 2019: This novel by Viktore Hanišová gives its readers an almost painfully ordinary insight into the relationship between mother and daughter, which is disturbed from its very beginning. Julie, a self-confident, educated and worldly-wise woman is infertile, but without a partner she is not eligible for the adoption program and her proverbial “biological clock” is ticking. But the desperate protagonist wants a baby at all costs. So, she gets around the authorities and the law and starts taking care of Agnes, an unwanted Roma child. The girl is constantly confronted with prejudices. The author mercilessly describes the neuralgic point of Czech society.

Čtvrtek 17. října 2019
Čtvrtek 17. října 2019
Thursday 17. 10. 2019

15:00   Opening of the czech stand and the photographic exhibition “Václav Havel 1989: From Prison to the Presidential Palace”

Presenter: Martin Krafl

Language: German

Venue: National stand of the Czech Republic, Frankfurt Book Fair, Hall 5. 0 / stand B 116

Participants: among others Michael Žantovský, spokesman and political advisor to President Václav Havel (1990-1992), former ambassador and Director of the Václav Havel Library, Prague; Kateřina Kalistová, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic; Tomáš Kubíček, Director of the Moravian Library

 

In April 1989, Václav Havel, the Czech writer and dissident, was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. At that time, the first and to date the last Czech winner of this prize was imprisoned for “sedition” already for the fourth time. The life of Václav Havel in 1989 is commemorated by the photographic exhibition at the National Stand of the Czech Republic.

 

Curator: Anna Freimanová, Václav Havel Library, Prague

Architectural and graphic design: Martin Hrdina

15:20    New book releases by Czech authors

Presenter: Martin Krafl, program coordinator of the Czech Republic hosting at the Leipzig Book Fair; Director of the Czech Literary Centre

Venue: National stand of the Czech Republic, Frankfurt Book Fair, Hall 5. 0 / stand B 116

Language: German

Hosting of the Czech Republic at the Leipzig Book Fair 2019 - looking back with the view of the future! Which book releases will appear on the German-language market this autumn and how are translations of contemporary Czech literature supported?

16:30    Viktorie Hanišová: „Anežka“

 

Presenter: Martin Krafl

 

Venue: National stand of the Czech Republic, Frankfurt Book Fair, Hall 5. 0 / stand B 116

Language: German

A book release at the Leipzig Book Fair 2019: This novel by Viktore Hanišová gives its readers an almost painfully ordinary insight into the relationship between mother and daughter, which is disturbed from its very beginning. Julie, a self-confident, educated and worldly-wise woman is infertile, but without a partner she is not eligible for the adoption program and her proverbial “biological clock” is ticking. But the desperate protagonist wants a baby at all costs. So, she gets around the authorities and the law and starts taking care of Agnes, an unwanted Roma child. The girl is constantly confronted with prejudices. The author mercilessly describes the neuralgic point of Czech society.

Friday 18. října 2019

12:00    Panel discussions: More than a word: Václav Havel – winner of the 1989 Peace Prize

Moderation: Michael Žantovský, spokesman and political advisor to President Václav Havel (1990-1992), former ambassador,

 

Venue: Weltempfang, Frankfurt Book Fair, Hall 4. 1, stand B 81

Language: English/German - with simultaneous interpreting

Participants: Michael Žantovský, spokesman and political advisor to President Václav Havel (1990-1992), former ambassador, Alexander Aleksejewitsch Drozdow, Director of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre in Yekaterinburg; Hans Maier, political scientist

The German Book Trade (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels) awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (Friedenspreis) to Václav Havel, Czech dissident, on 15 October 1989. Five months earlier, Havel was still the best-known political prisoner of the Czechoslovak communist regime. And three months later he was already Czechoslovak President and a world celebrity. He could not receive the prize awarded on the occasion of the Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse) in person as he, as an enemy of the regime, was not allowed to leave the country. So, two ceremonies were held – a formal one at the Frankfurt Book Fair in the presence of President von Weizsäcker and Chancellor Kohl, and a second, informal one at the Prague bookshop of Karel Čapek in the presence of the laureate and his friends. In Frankfurt, Maximilian Schnell, actor, read Havel's laureate speech "A word about words". The essay, in which the author contemplates the beneficial and destructive ability of words and the problem of responsibility in their use, is perhaps even more topical 30 years later than at that time.
 

Saturday 19. října 2019

16:00    Dora Kaprálová: “Zimní kniha o lásce” (“A Winter Book about Love”) (KLAK Verlag publishing house, September 2019; translated by Nataša von Kopp)

 

Presenter: Jörg Becken (publisher of KLAK Verlag)

With the presence of the author and the translator of the book

Venue: National stand of the Czech Republic, Frankfurt Book Fair, hall 5. 0, stand B 116

Language: German

A new book for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019: Kaprálová’s latest novel “Zimní kniha o lásce” (“A Winter Book about Love”) (KLAK 2019 publishing house; translated by Nataša von Kopp) is an ironic, provocative and melancholic work about men, but at the same time perhaps only about one multiform and ungraspable man. The texts of “ A Winter Book about Love” were originally written in response to the prose of the Hungarian writer Peter Esterházy “Jedna žena” (“One Woman”).

14:00    Panel discussions: What has left? The Velvet Revolution and its impulses for Europe and the Czech Republic

Presenter: Mirko Schwanitz (cultural journalist)

Venue: International Stage, Frankfurt Book Fair, Hall 5. 1
Language: German

 

EParticipants: Oliver Zille, Director of the Leipzig Book Fair and Radka Denemarková, Czech author.

Thirty years ago, thousands of people on Wenceslas Square in Prague chanted “Havel to the Presidential Palace!” and finally something was allowed that no one thought possible. A writer and dissident, well-known throughout Europe, became president. For a whole decade, from 1993 to 2003, Václav Havel was head of the Czech state. He died in 2011. Times and social rules have changed. Today, people, intellectuals and artists who identify themselves with his values and ideals, are pejoratively called “Havloids”. What has happened? And what has remained of the Velvet Revolution? Are its impulses still wandering somewhere? Impulses for a new Czech Republic in a new Europe? Or is it just a memory, the past? …

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