Saturday, March 10, 2012

Radio Prague Today 3.10.2012

Articles posted today

A new "Czech Literature Guide" gives useful insights into the world of Czech books

If you're looking for an overview of the current Czech literary scene in English – everything from surrealist poets to second-hand bookshops – the new "Czech Literature Guide" should be just the book for you. As it states in its introduction, the book's aim is to present a "panorama of the contemporary life of Czech literature". David Vaughan reports.

Shock and disillusionment: students respond to the 1968 Soviet invasion

For the younger generation that had grown up after the end of World War II, the Soviet-led invasion of August 1968 was traumatic. The Prague Spring had brought an atmosphere of optimism and genuine enthusiasm for change, and all these hopes were crushed overnight. In this week's From the Archives, we'll hear what students had to say at the time, as recorded by Czechoslovak and foreign radio stations as the occupation unfolded.

Pardubice – the "best place to live in the Czech Republic"

Spotlight this week comes from Pardubice, which lies about an hour away from Prague in east Bohemia. The pretty Renaissance buildings on Pernštýnovo náměstí and the impressive chateau nearby give an indication of this town's long and rich history, which saw it evolve from a prosperous hamlet in the Middle Ages to an industrial powerhouse by the start of the 20th century.