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Píchová, Hana 1961-

Works: 6 works in 30 publications in 2 languages and 3,198 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Hana Píchová
The art of memory in exile : Vladimir Nabokov & Milan Kundera by Hana Píchová( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Art of Memory in Exile, Hana Pichova explores the themes of memory and exile in selected novels of Vladimir Nabokov and Milan Kundera. Both writers, Pichova argues, stress how personal and cultural memory serves as a creative means of overcoming the artist's and exile's loss of homeland. In their virtuoso displays of literary talent, Nabokov and Kundera showcase the strategies that allow their protagonists to succeed as emigres: a creative fusing of past and present through the prism of the imagination." "Pichova closely analyzes two novels by each author: the first written in exile (Nabokov's Mary and Kundera's The Book of Laughter and Forgetting) and a later, pivotal novel in each writer's career (Nabokov's The Gift and Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being). In all four texts, these authors explore how the kaleidoscope of personal and cultural memory confronts a fragmented and untenable present, contrasting the lives of fictional emigres who fail to bridge the gap between past and present with those emigres whose rich artistic vision allows them to transcend the trials of homelessness."--BOOK JACKET
The mystifications of a nation : "the potato bug" and other essays on Czech culture by Vladimír Macura( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 153 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 case of the missing statue : a historical and literary study of the Stalin monument in Prague by Hana Píchová( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Případ Stalin : historická a literární studie Stalinova pomníku v Praze by Hana Píchová( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in Czech and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theme of exile in Nabokov's The gift and Kundera's The unbearable lightness of being by Hana Píchová( )

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

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The art of memory in exile : Vladimir Nabokov & Milan Kundera
Alternative Names
Píchová, Hana

English (24)

Czech (4)

The mystifications of a nation : "the potato bug" and other essays on Czech culture