On April 18th and 19th, Anglo American University, Prague, is hosting two events on behalf of the recent publication of Ivan Martin Jirous' book of poetry, translated by Marek Tomin, and published by Divus, “My itinerary has been monotonous for quite a while”.

On April 18th, 3:30–5:00 pm,  the translator Marek Tomin will give a short introduction (with a couple of personal reflections about Magor), then Martin Machovec, Expert on the Czech Underground, will give a public lecture on the life and poetry of Ivan Martin Jirous i.e. Magor (“looney or madman in English). Together with Vaclav Havel, Jirous was a legendary persona of the Czech Underground associated with the Czech psychedelic rock band Plastic People of the Universe. He was imprisoned many times in the 70s and 80s for his free-spirited attitude and refusal to accept rules of the Communist regime. Martin Machovec will talk about the legacy of Ivan Martin Jirous and specifically comment on works from two significant works of poetry and prose: Magors Swan Songs, and Magor for Kids.

The Jirous book was initiated and commissioned by the Czech Centre in London, under the directorship of Tereza Porybna, with a launch for the publication in December 2017, in London. It was part of a series related to the 40th Anniversary of Charter 77 in 2017. These two events combined at AAU serve as an informal book launch in Prague.

This event will be held at the Library of the AAU, Letenska 1, Mala Strana.

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