"Between Then and Now, There and Here, Guilt and Innocence: Škvorecký’s Two Murders in my Double Life"
Tue, February 19, 2013 • 12:30 PM • CAL 422
Join CREEES for an informal brown bag session as faculty and grad students discuss aspects of their current research as it relates to Russia and Eastern Europe.
Josef Škvorecký (1924-2012) was a Czech writer who rose to prominence with his satirical, autobiographical novels. Wildly prolific, a few of his novels, including The Cowards, Miracle Game and The Engineer of Human Souls became instant classics, and some consider Škvorecký "the voice of his generation." Following the Prague Spring and Soviet invasion of 1968 of that year, Škvorecký and his wife, the writer Zdena Salivarová, fled to Toronto. There they founded 68 Publishers, where they rescued and promoted the work of blacklisted Czech writers, including Milan Kundera and Václav Havel. Škvorecký continued to write as well as teaching American literature at the University of Toronto.
Abigail Weil is a CREEES grad student in her final semester.
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