Art and culture

The divine era of a Bohemian in Italy

The story of Josef Mysliveček, the Czech composer of the 18th century who made Italy his adoptive homeland “He exudes fire, spirit and vitality”, Mozart said about his friend Josef Mysliveček. This is the registered name, for the history books and the general public,...

Jan Palach. La vita, il gesto e la morte dello studente ceco

This book by Jiří Lederer, in Italian translation by Tiziana Menotti, aims to be a biography that helps dismissing the wrong interpretations that have misshapen for decades the story of Jan Palach. The book intends to be a useful tool to eliminate misappropriations of...

Cofanetto Praga e dintorni letterari

This slipcase, by Safarà publishing, is dedicated to three Central European writers: Pavol Rankov, Tomáš Zmeškal and Jan Němec. It comprises three novels very different from each other, but interconnecting through the refinement of a radically European writing and the city of Prague standing...

Vodník by Štěpán Zavřel

  Student of the well-known illustrator and animator Jiří Trnka, Štěpán Zavřel was a Czech dissident writer, painter and illustrator who lived in Italy for about forty years and passed away in 1999. Edited and translated by Francesca Romanini, “Vodnik” is a work written...

Czech studies from Two Pockets

A concise history of Czech studies in Italy The study of Czech language in Italy has faced a complex path overwhelmed by the typical bureaucracy of Italy. The person to whom it is possible to attribute the merit of first Czech scholar is certainly...

La donna dei diamanti. Tango a Praga

Prague. A man and a woman meet on tango notes in a local night pub in the city. He, Martin Romano, is an Argentinian stating to be in the Czech capital for an important business trip. She, Karin Dayan, is a charming Georgian woman...

A bird painted grey, stained in red

“Nabarvené ptáče”, a grisly and unconventional film, with a gloomy and grey atmosphere. It has been a long time since Czech cinema showcased such an original and daring product The wait was long, but after years marked by conventionality and little risk-taking, Czech cinema...

A Czech spaceship in the center of Berlin

From the Cold War to the present: the history of the futuristic building, designed by the Machonin couple, which houses the Czech Embassy in Berlin On last November 9, Berlin commemorated thirty years from the fall of the Wall, turning into a giant open-air...

Plastic People of the Universe, when music led you to jail

The most iconic (musically and politically) among Czechoslovak rock bands marks their 50 years of activity The Plastic People of the Universe (also known as Plastici or PPU) were one of the most well-known groups beyond the curtain even before 1989. This is also...

The Magic Lantern: The revolution of ‘89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague,

The Magic Lantern: The revolution of ‘89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague by Timothy Garton Ash We recommend the new edition of an essay of contemporary history, a real classic by now. “The Magic Lantern” is one of those rare books able...