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Fields of light : a son remembers his heroic father

Author: Joseph Hurka
Publisher: Wainscott, N.Y. : Pushcart Press, ©2001.
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After the fall of Communism, Joseph Hurka traveled to Prague, where his father had fought in the underground against the Czech-Stalinist government. As the son walks in his father's footsteps, he uncovers a hidden past: he learns of his father's brutal imprisonment, his release, and his fierce resistance work. This book is also a story of modern Prague and the Czech Republic after the Velvet Revolution. Hurka takes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hurka, Joseph.
Fields of light.
Wainscott, N.Y. : Pushcart Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)604473880
Named Person: Josef Hůrka; Josef Hůrka
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Hurka
ISBN: 188888925X 9781888889253
OCLC Number: 47039112
Awards: "Winner of Pushcart's 19th annual Editor's Book Award, nominated by Andre Dubus."
Description: xi, 201 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Coming to Bohemia --
Ancient voices --
Martyrs, the cathedral, and an evening at 139 Vinohradska --
Reckoning --
Hospital story --
Ghosts in the golden city --
Stones and castles --
Saint, the priest, and the clock --
Shadows --
Liberation --
Prayer --
Selected bibliography.
Responsibility: Joseph Hurka.

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After the fall of Communism, Joseph Hurka traveled to Prague, where his father had fought in the underground against the Czech-Stalinist government. As the son walks in his father's footsteps, he uncovers a hidden past: he learns of his father's brutal imprisonment, his release, and his fierce resistance work. This book is also a story of modern Prague and the Czech Republic after the Velvet Revolution. Hurka takes us with him into the heart of Prague, the Old Town quarter where Kafka lived, and the lesser-known streets where his father fought for democracy. Fields of Light is finally a loving tribute to a father, a meditation on the relationship between truth and resistance, a tale of personal sacrifice and endurance-and of history reborn after extraordinary totalitarian efforts to erase it.

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