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The Czech Reader: History, Culture, Politics

Jan Bažant, Nina Bažantová, and Frances Starn, eds
Format
Book
Published
Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2010.
Language
English
Series
The World Readers
World Readers
ISBN
9780822347798, 0822347792, 9780822347941, 0822347946
Summary
Synopsis: The Czech Reader brings together more than 150 primary texts and illustrations to convey the dramatic history of the Czechs, from the emergence of the Czech state in the tenth century, through the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918 and the Czech Republic in 1993, into the twenty-first century. The Czechs have preserved their language, traditions, and customs, despite their incorporation into the Holy Roman Empire, the Habsburg Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Third Reich, and the Eastern Bloc. Organized chronologically, the selections in The Czech Reader include the letter to the Czech people written by the religious reformer and national hero Jan Hus in 1415, and Charter 77, the fundamental document of an influential anticommunist initiative launched in 1977 in reaction to the arrest of the Plastic People of the Universe, an underground rock band. There is a speech given in 1941 by Reinhard Heydrich, a senior Nazi official and Deputy Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, as well as one written by Vaclav Havel in 1984 for an occasion abroad, but read by the Czech-born British dramatist Tom Stoppard, since Havel, the dissident playwright and future national leader, was not allowed to leave Czechoslovakia. Among the songs, poems, folklore, fiction, plays, paintings, and photographs of monuments and architectural landmarks are "Let Us Rejoice," the most famous chorus from Bedrich Smetana's comic opera The Bartered Bride; a letter the composer Antonin Dvorak sent from New York, where he directed the National Conservatory of Music in the 1890s; a story by Franz Kafka; and an excerpt from Milan Kundera's The Joke. Intended for travelers, students, and scholars alike, The Czech Reader is a rich introduction to the turbulent history and resilient culture of the Czech people.
Contents
  • Report on a journey to Prague in 965 / Ibrahim ibn Yaʻqub at-Turtushi
  • Legend of saints Cyril, Methodius, Wenceslas and Ludmila / Kristián
  • Bohemian chronicle / Cosmas
  • Letter to Agnes of Prague / Clare of Assisi
  • Chronicle of the Prague church / Beneš Krabice of Weitmile
  • The ointment seller / Anonymous
  • Tkadleček / Anonymous
  • Letter to the Czechs / Jan Hus
  • Who are God's warriors? / Hussite hymn
  • Letter to the Hussites / Joan of Arc
  • The net of faith / Petr Chelčický
  • Dove and picture / Elizabeth Jane Weston
  • To the memory of Tycho Brahe / Jan Campanus
  • Description of Prague in the time of Rudolph II / Pierre Bergeron
  • Letter of majesty of Rudolph II
  • Labyrinth of the world and paradise of the heart / Komenský
  • Jan of Nepomuk / Bohuslav Balbín
  • The Rakovnice Christmas play / Anonymous
  • On Slav nations / Johann Gottfried Herder
  • Ms. of Zelena Hora (Judgment of Libuse) / Hoax
  • Home cookery / Magdalena Dobromila Rettigová
  • History of the Czech nation in Bohemia and Moravia / František Palacký
  • May / Karel Hynek Mácha
  • Where is my home? / Josef Kajetán Tyl
  • Water sprite / Karel J. Erben
  • Grandmother / Božena Němcová
  • "Let us rejoice" from Bartered Bride / Bedřich Smetana; libretto by Karel Sabina
  • The three lilies / Jan Neruda
  • The ballad of Blaník / Jaroslav Vrchlický
  • Late towards morning / Karel Hlaváček
  • Letter from the new world / Antonín Dvořák
  • Golem / Alois Jirásek
  • Report to an academy / Franz Kafka
  • Sole work / Otokar Březina
  • Maryčka Magdónova / Petr Bezruč
  • The fateful adventures of good soldier Švejk / Jaroslav Hašek
  • R.U.R. / Karel Čapek
  • Valerie and her week of wonders / Vítězslav Nezval
  • Summer of caprice / Vladislav Vančura
  • Munich agreement
  • At the tomb of Czech kings / Jaroslav Seifert
  • Life with a star / Jiří Weil
  • On the elimination of the Czech people / Reinhard Heydrich
  • The cowards / Josef Škvorecký
  • A little boy's hair was cut right down to the scalp / Josef Kainar
  • From the last letters / Milada Horáková
  • Cigarette / Ivan Blatný
  • Prometheus's liver / Jiří Kolář
  • A night with Hamlet / Vladimír Holan
  • The garden party / VáclavHavel
  • The joke / Milan Kundera
  • Two thousand words / Ludvík Vaculík
  • Close the gate, little brother / Karel Kryl
  • Magic Prague / Angelo Maria Ripellino
  • In-house weddings / Bohumil Hrabal
  • Head of the Virgin Mary / Jaroslav Seifert
  • What are Czechs? / Ján Patočka
  • Charter 77
  • Czech dream book / Ludvík Vaculík
  • Politics and conscience / VáclavHavel
  • Culture / Gene Deitch
  • Utz / Bruce Chatwin
  • City sister silver / Jáchym Topol
  • Prague 1989, theater of revolution / Michael Andrew Kukral
  • Czech-German Declaration
  • After the revolution / Erazim Kohák
  • Europeana : a brief history of the twentieth century / Patrik Ouředník
  • April 5, 2009 speech in Prague / Barack Hussein Obama.
Description
xvi, 548 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references(pages [507]-527) and index.
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