Just before the world-famous events of the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution took place on 17th November 1989, the people of one soot-stained city held their own series of protests for the most basic of human rights – clean air.
Painter, musician and a resident Prague party vampire Jan Vytiska constructs a world where folk costumes, corpses, farmer's wives, hanging eyeballs, hairy-faced girls and general decay make acquaintance.
Following is an excerpt from the National Letters anthology compiled by Marek Nedelka, founder of Letter Books, which shows how the development and preserving of original writing systems, languages and alphabets helped to mould nations and set down their identities.
American-Czech video artist Bohuslav “Woody” Vašulka made an undisputed mark on the global art world, which came to an end with his recent passing. Writer Miloš Vojtěchovský presents a compact summary of his life and work.
Ukrainian writer Iryna Zahladko unravels a beautifully narrated series of poems and situational vignettes about estrangement, transformation and adjustment of heritage, and feeling one's way around a new-found world.