Apr 30, 2015 7:00 PM
THURSDAY FORUM: Courage of the Lone Warrior – The Brothers Mašín
THURSDAY FORUM. Presentation of Jan Novák´s book So Far So Good (Zatím dobrý), a biographical novel about two brothers who fled communist Czechoslovakia in the early 1950s.
Presentation of Jan Novák´s book So Far So Good (Zatím dobrý), a biographical novel about two brothers who fled communist Czechoslovakia in the early 1950s.
Ctirad and Josef Mašín - sons of a Czech anti-Nazi resistance hero - were part of an anti-communist group in Czechoslovakia.
On October 3, 1953, five young men, including the Mašín brothers, crossed the border from Czechoslovakia into East Germany. The journey was to take three days. Their ultimate objective was to join the U.S. Army Special Forces, then return to liberate their country. What ensued was the largest manhunt of the Cold War.
Jan Novák's 800-page book - which he wrote in English and began as a screenplay- tells their true story.
Jan Novák has won the coveted Magnesia Litera "book of the year 2005" award for this biographical novel.
Radio Prague recently caught up with the author, who began by explaining why he wants a Czech - and not a Hollywood film - to be made of his book called "Zatim dobry" or "So Far So Good".
"I was approached and I was offered the possibility to make the film - if it was done in English. And I declined it, because I think there's a huge difference... I don't think an American grabs a gun the same way a Czech grabs a gun, you know. I'm afraid that if the movie was shot as an American film it would just be a 'cops and robbers' film and it would lose all the moral and political complexity which is dear to me."
"The story is, I think, the greatest story of the Cold War... You know, the Masin brothers were demonised by the communist propaganda for forty years... and I think the Czech public at large has no idea about what really happened. They've only heard and they have even seen on TV one fictionalised account of what they did which is completely inaccurate, so they have been brainwashed basically and they don't really know the facts of the case and I am hoping that the book - and, hopefully, the movie - will help to put things into the right context."
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Apr 30, 2015 7:00 PM