Childhood’s End. Slovak alternative scene in the 80’s

Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 5:30pm
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Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 5:30pm to 7:15pm

Lecture by Michal Hvorecky


Fiction writer Michal Hvorecky talks about the creative life on the edge of the communist Czechoslovakia, shortly introducing ideas, attitudes, and personalities of music, literature, visual arts and architecture. What was so called „restoration of order“ in ČSSR? How wide was the gap between the mainstream and the underground? Why were there only few dissidents in Slovakia comparing to hundreds in Czech Republic? With some clips and images.



  • Sabrina Petra Ramet, “Rock Music in Czechoslovakia,” in: Rocking the State: Rock Music and Politics in Eastern Europe and Russia, ed. by Sabrina P. Ramet, Boulder-San Francisco-Oxford, Westview Press, 1994, 55-72.
  • Views from the Inside. Czech Underground Literature and Culture (1948-1989), Praha: Filozofická fakulta Univerzity Karlovy, 2006: 7-33.


Recommended readings

  • Martin Machovec, “The Types and Functions of Samizdat Publications in Czechoslovakia, 1948-1989,” Poetics Today, 30:1 (2009), 1-26
  • Martin Machovec, “Czech Underground Literature, 1969-1989. A Challenge to Textual Studies,” in Voice, Text, Hypertext: Emerging Practices in Textual Studies. Seattle and London: The University of Washington Press, 2003.
  • Josef Alan, (ed.), Alternativní kultura, Příběh české společnosti 1945 - 1989, Praha 2001.
  • Plastic People of the Universe Texts