Martin C. Putna in Havel Conversation: Rus - Ukraine - Russia

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Martin C. Putna in Havel Conversation: Rus - Ukraine - Russia

Havel Conversation: Rus - Ukraine - Russia, Talk by Czech literary historian and writer Martin Putna

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Bohemian National Hall 321 East 73rd Street New York, NY 10021

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Martin C. Putna, a literary historian, critic, and author of works on history and religion, will present his book "Rus-Ukraine-Russia" – an essential reading for those wishing to understand the current state of Russia and Ukraine.

Examining key points in Russian cultural and spiritual history, the book "Rus–Ukraine–Russia" (2018) presents Russia as a complex mesh of national, religious, and cultural (especially countercultural) traditions—with strong German, Mongol, Jewish, Catholic, Polish, and Lithuanian influences—a force responsible for creating what we identify as Eastern Europe.

An outspoken opponent of pro-Russian, authoritarian, and far-right streams in contemporary Czech society, Martin C. Putna received a great deal of media attention when he ironically dedicated the Czech edition of "Rus–Ukraine–Russia" to Milos Zeman—the pro-Russian president of the Czech Republic. This sense of irony, combined with an extraordinary breadth of scholarly knowledge, infuses Putna’s book.

Martin C. Putna is a literary historian, critic, translator, teacher, and author of works on history and religion. Former Head of Knihovna Vaclava Havla in Prague, Putna is currently Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Charles University in Prague. His many books include "Václav Havel. A Spiritual Portrait in the Context of Twentieth-Century Czech Culture" (2011), which explores religious influences on Havel’s thought. The book won the Tom Stoppard Prize.

Suggested donation $10.

This event is organized by Vaclav Havel Library Foundation in partnership with the Czech Center New York and with support of Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association.