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100 Years of Czech and Slovak Literature

talk, reading 20 June, 2018 - 7:00 PM

[BBLA at Bohemian National Hall]


An evening with Christopher Harwood, PhD, Lecturer in Czech at Columbia University, and Charles Sabatos, PhD, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. They will present highlights of the past century of Czech and Slovak literature. Their talk will be accompanied by readings in English from six literary works—three Slovak and three Czech. Reading the excerpts will be Katarina Vizina and Alex Zucker who will have copies of his translations for sale.


Books for sale will include: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, by J. R. Pick; Three Plastic Rooms and All This Belongs to Me, by Petra Hulova; Angel StationCity Sister Silver, and A Trip to the Train Station, by Jachym Topol; The Attempt, by Magdalena Platzova; Love Letter in Cuneiform, by Tomas Zmeskal; Innocence; or, Murder on Steep Street, by Heda Margolius Kovaly; Case Closed and The Opportune Moment, 1855, by Patrik Ourednik; More Than One Life, by Miloslava Holubova; The Drug of Art, by Ivan Blatny; plus Czech Plays: Seven New Works, an anthology of Czech drama, and The Man Between, a collection of essays on the life and work of translator Michael Henry Heim. 


Christopher Harwood is a Lecturer in Czech in the Slavic Department of Columbia University. He also works occasionally as a freelance translator (from Czech and Russian to English) and interpreter (between Czech and English). His professional interests focus on methods for teaching Czech as a foreign language and on 20th- and 21st-century Czech literature and culture. He holds BA (1990), MA (1992) and PhD (2000) degrees in Russian literature from Columbia University. Chris is the President of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), New York Chapter.


Charles Sabatos is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the author of many articles on Slovak literature, as well as on topics in Central European, Turkish, Russian and American literature and culture. He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan.


Katarina Vizina, a native of Bratislava, Slovakia, holds an MA in Musical Theater from The Janacek Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Brno, Czech Republic and an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College (CUNY). Katarina co-founded Cabaret Metropol, a band featuring many singers, each specializing in a different language. Katarina was featured with Cabaret Metropol as the pre-show for the 2014 off-Broadway production of Vaclav Havel’s The Pig. 


Alex Zucker is a busy translator of Czech literature. Histranslations include novels by J. R. Pick, Petra Hulova, Jachym Topol, Heda Margolius Kovaly, Tomas Zmeskal, Magdalena Platzova, Josef Jedlicka, Patrik Ourednik, and Miloslava Holubova. From 2014 to 2016, he served as cochair of the PEN America Translation Committee. In 2010 he won the ALTA National Translation Award for Petra Hulova’s All This Belongs to Me



BBLA at Bohemian National Hall

321 E. 73rd Str., 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10021


Free and open to the public. Suggested donation $5. Light refreshments. RSVP: newyork@svu2000.org.


This event is organized by Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) in New york with support of BBLA, in cooperation with Consulate General of Slovakia in New York. 


Bohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationHospodaThe National Czech and Slovak MuseumAmerican Friends of the Czech RepublicCzech CenterConsulate General