Good-bye, Samizdat: Twenty Years of Czechoslovak Underground Writing

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Northwestern University Press, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 309 pages
Good-bye, Samizdat offers the first collection of the best of Czechoslovakia's samizdat, underground texts from the era 1948 through 1990. Divided into three sections, the volume includes fiction, cultural and political works, and philosophical essays. The writings reflect the thought of some of Czechoslovakia's best-known minds--Klima, Vaculik, and Havel--as well as others yet unknown in the West. Taken together, they capture the artistic and intellectual mood of a country situated at a focal point between East and West at a fascinating point in history.
 

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Contents

PARTI LITERATURE
3
Ivan Klima The Eyeglasses 1974
20
Pavel Kohout Golem II 1977
37
Dominik Tatarka Mystery 1979
47
Lcnka Prochazkova Come Have a Taste 1982
69
Eda Kriseova Morning in Church 1988
88
Egon Bondy pseud Gottschalk 1988
95
Milan Uhde My Desk 1989
110
Petr Fidelius pseud The Mirror of Communist
193
Vaclav Havel Second Wind 1976
205
Zdenfck Neubauer On Hard and Soft Style
233
Milan Simecka On Uncertain Reality
240
Ladislav Hcjdanek The Conception of Truth and
246
Martin PalouS Philosophy as Personal Experience
256
Radim PalouS My Philosophy 1985
267
TomaS Halfk Ego Dormio 1985
275

Bohumil Hrabal The Magic Flute 1989
130
An Introduction
137
Dissent in Czechoslovakia 1989 Epilogue 1990
181
Zdenek Kratochvil Five Letters behind the Golden
285
Notes on Contributors
295
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Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz is professor of Germanic languages at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of The Silenced Theater: Czech Playwrights without a Stage and the editor of Drama Contemporary: Czechoslovakia.

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