Nothing lasts forever, and the recent losses of Václav Havel and Josef Škvorecký emphasize the finitude of what was probably the greatest generation of Czech writers. Fortunately, there are numerous younger writers whose work is becoming better known at home and abroad, while for English speakers there remain prominent figures in Czech literary history still to be discovered.
While Prague does have historical links to Celtic tribes, nobody really needs an excuse to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, the celberation of the patron saint of the Emerald Isle. The 15th edition of the Irish Music Festival brings bands from abraod as well as local acts together for a four-day celebration highlighted by a day-long concert on Wenceslas Square.
Looking at the rows of concrete apartment buildings that make up Prague’s Jižní Město, the country’s largest housing estate, it is unlikely that culture will be the first thing that comes to mind. Fortunately, there are people devoted to changing this negative perception and proving to local inhabitants that cultural stimulation doesn’t require a 30-minute metro ride to the city center.
The film “Hitler’s Children,” which is screening at the One World festival of human rights documentaries in Prague, focuses on how the descendants of senior Nazis have managed to reconcile themselves (or not, as the case may be) with the fact that their fathers, grandfathers, and other relatives were responsible for some of the most heinous crimes ever perpetrated.