How to Write About War

16 Sep 2023, 3:30 PM

Let’s get straight to it, before we divert you

Admission: Basic admission CZK 150 | reduced admission CZK 100 | 30% discount for DOX Club members 

Language: Czech

The event takes place as part of the FALL festival.

Gulliver Airship
Poupětova 1, Prague 7
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Czech writers reflect on Russian aggression in Ukraine in many different ways. Is direct experience of war necessary for an artistic reflection on it? What role does empathy play in this process? Writer and journalist Adéla Knapová and poets Marie Iljašenko and Tim Postovit discuss these topics with Anna Luňáková.

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Adéla Knapová (1976) is a writer and journalist known for her novels, novellas, and articles for the weekly magazine Reflex. She is the author of the novella Nemožnost nuly (The impossibility of zero, 2016), which Czech Radio included among the best Czech and foreign books of the year, as well as the critically acclaimed novels Slabikář (ABC book, 2017) and Předvoj (Vanguard, 2019) and the auto-fiction novel Zbabělé zápisky z Ukrajinské války (Cowardly notes from the war in Ukraine, 2023), which was inspired by her journey as a reporter through war-torn Ukraine. She also publishes short stories and essays and has written a series of one-act plays. She founded the ONE HEART Foundation to improve animals’ quality of life.

Marie Iljašenko (1983) is a Czech poet, writer, and translator originally from Kyiv. She has written two collections of poetry, Osip míří na jih (Ossip heads south, 2015) and Sv. Outdoor (St. Outdoor, 2019). She translates contemporary Polish and Ukrainian poetry into Czech and is the editor of the anthology of war reports Chleba z minového pole (Bread from the minefield, 2022). In 2023 she was awarded the Tom Stoppard Prize by the Václav Havel Library in Prague for her essay “Jsem všudezdejší” (I’m from everywhere, 2022).

Tim Postovit (1996) is a Czech poet, slammer, translator, and lecturer of Ukrainian origin. He has published two collections of poetry, Magistrála (Thoroughfare, 2019) and Motýlí pavilon (Butterfly pavilion, 2021). He is also a leading representative of Czech slam poetry, and in 2019 he became the champion of the Czech Republic in duo slam poetry (together with Šimon Felenda). From the beginning of the Russian aggression in Ukraine, he has worked as a social worker with war refugees.

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