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The term robot is the one used fairly often in today’s science fiction, researches, and Hollywood movies. What might surprise you, however, is that this term was created by a Czech writer, Karel Čapek. Čapek became famous for his science fiction literature, especially War with the Newts (1936), and was nominated for the Nobel Prize seven times (yet, unfortunately, never received it.) During his teenage years, Čapek was interested in different things – starting from Cubism (that had a vast influence on his writing), ending with aesthetics and philosophy. His career as a journalist started with Národní listy, where he worked as an editor with his brother for four years. Afterward, Karel joined the other publishing newspaper, Lidové noviny, whereRead more.

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Sometimes writers take the long way around. PragueLife contributor Andrew Giarelli did just that with his new literary thriller The Talking Statues, published by Vienna’s danzig&unfried.   Giarelli, a journalism and literature professor at Prague’s Anglo-American University, had been researching a book on Rome’s “talking statues” since 2002. The 500-year-old tradition of anonymous satires on the news, posted on six different statues, led him down one path and then another, and another…. “It felt like I would never finish,” Giarelli recalls. “I went to Rome almost every summer for a month, first from my home in Portland, Oregon and then from Prague when I moved here to teach.” He gave conference papers and public lectures on how street poets fromRead more.

What better way to get an understanding of the rich art, culture and history of the Czech Republic than to embark into a literary adventure into Czech literature! I have set myself the challenge to read one Czech novel or short story a week. This will involve copious visits to one of my favourite places in Prague…LUXOR! If you haven’t heard of Luxor it’s a mega Czech bookstore and cafe where you can find almost any book. There is a wide selection of English books and other languages, as well as puzzles, art supplies and gifts. A trip to Luxor is really an experience in itself and I often find myself lost in a literary sense with my nose inRead more.