Writers Under Siege: Czech Literature Since 1945

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Sussex Academic Press, Aug 9, 2010 - History - 363 pages
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This historical study - now in paperback - presents a broad canvas of post-war Czech literary developments within the cultural and political context of the times. Information is provided about the many English language translations of Czech literature, and the circumstances in which these translations came about. Analysis is by way of quoting from original Czech works, especially poetry, with English translations. Writers under Siege also gives biographical and bibliographical details about the most important post-war Czech writers, and links to secondary literature in English. It includes a bibliographical list of the most important works in English on Czech history, literary history and politics, as well as a list of anthologies of Czech post-war literature in English. Originally published in 1998 in Czech language, an updated version of this book was published in German in 2003. This English translation has been entirely re-worked, taking the needs of the English-speaking reader and
 

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Contents

THE FORTIES AND FIFTIES
6
The Bleak Years
19
Hie Thaw
41
THE SIXTIES
56
A Happy Era in Literature
68
The Sixties Generation
91
The Experimental Era
107
Nineteen SixtyEight I 15
115
THE SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES
130
The Three Worlds of Literature I 38
138
The Eighties Generation and Postmodernism I 81
181
THE NINETIES ANDTHE EARLY TWENTYFIRST
198
Lines of Development
220
Anthologies of Czech Postwar Literature in English
288
Bibliography
313
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Jirí Holy is a professor of Czech literature at Charles University in Prague.

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