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Píchová, Hana 1961-

Works: 5 works in 23 publications in 1 language and 2,275 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Editor, Translator, Thesis advisor
Classifications: PG3476.N3, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Hana Píchová
The art of memory in exile Vladimir Nabokov & Milan Kundera by Hana Píchová ( )
10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The mystifications of a nation "the potato bug" and other essays on Czech culture by Vladimír Macura ( )
8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A keen observer of culture, Czech writer Vladimír Macura (1945–99) devoted a lifetime to illuminating the myths that defined his nation. The Mystifications of a Nation, the first book-length translation of Macura's work in English, offers essays deftly analyzing a variety of cultural phenomena that originate, Macura argues, in the "big bang" of the nineteenth-century Czech National Revival, with its celebration of a uniquely Czech identity. In reflections on two centuries of Czech history, he ponders the symbolism in daily life. Bridges, for example—once a force of civilization connecting diverse peoples—became a sign of destruction in World War I. Turning to the Soviet and post-Soviet eras, Macura probes a range of richly symbolic practices, from the naming of the Prague metro system, to the mass gymnastic displays of the Communist period, to post–Velvet Revolution preoccupations with the national anthem. In "The Potato Bug," he muses on one of the stranger moments in the Cold War—the claim that the United States was deliberately dropping insects from airplanes to wreak havoc on the crops of Czechoslovakia. While attending to the distinctively Czech elements of such phenomena, Macura reveals the larger patterns of Soviet-brand socialism. "We were its cocreators," he declares, "and its analysis touches us as a scalpel turned on its own body." Writing with erudition, irony, and wit, Macura turns the scalpel on the authoritarian state around him, demythologizing its mythology
The theme of exile in Nabokov's The gift and Kundera's The unbearable lightness of being by Hana Píchová ( Book )
3 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reading Oedipus in Milan Kundera's The Unbearable lightness of being by Hana Píchová ( )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kundera's Artful Exile The Paradox of Betrayal by Yauheniya A Spallino Mironava ( )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The Czech novelist Milan Kundera who has lived in France since 1975 is all too familiar with betrayal, which punctuates both his life and his works. The publication of his novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being in 1984 sparked a heated debate among some of the most prominent Czech dissidents at home and leading Czech intellectuals in exile. Accusations of betrayal leveled against the author are central to the polemic, but the main area of contention addresses the larger questions of the role, rights, and freedoms of a writer of fiction, as expressed by two branches of Czechoslovak culture: exilic and dissident. By examining the dispute surrounding Kundera‟s best-known novel and tracing the trajectory of the betrayals he allegedly committed in exile, I seek to investigate the broader philosophical issue of a novelist‟s freedom, to delineate the complexities of an exilic writer‟s propensity to betray, and to demonstrate, using Kundera‟s own conception of the novel as a genre, that his betrayals are in fact positive, liberating, and felicitous
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Audience level: 0.49 (from 0.00 for Reading Oe ... to 1.00 for Kundera's ...)
Alternative Names
Píchová, Hana
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