Abstracts for Host 01/2008
Literature of the 19th century is anthropologically close to us (interview with Jaroslava Janáchková)
High-school teachers complain more and more: they are not able to induce their students to read anything that was written before 1900. In the reading surveys carried out last year, only two older authors were mentioned among the top ten: Bozena Nemcová and Alois Jirásek. How is it possible that the 19th century, an integral part of the modern times and the basis of modern Czech literature, seems so distant? Jaroslava Janáchková is professor emeritus at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Charles University in Prague.
Aljaksandr Fjaduta (Alyaksandr Fyaduta)
Poetry of political marasmus
In the eyes of the new generation of post-independence readers, Belarusian poetry has inevitably become what it was for the readers of the first national weekly Nasha Niva at the turn of the 20th century. In those times, the very existence of poems in Belarusian was considered a miracle: an evidence of the fact that the Belarusian language did not perish yet, though Belarusian cultural had no deep literary tradition.
Original in Czech
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