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May 3, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Broken Dreams in Two Acts: 25 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall - PEN World Voices

PLEASE NOTE: Ivan Klima will not be participating in the event.

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell with jubilance and chaos, bringing in a new era. But much as the demolition of the wall itself stretched into the subsequent years to come, so has the tough work of rebuilding Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union. To mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, writers and scholars discuss what happened, what they wish had happened, and what might yet happen. In Act I, renowned scholar Timothy Garton Ash speaks about the realities and possibilities from this corner of the world. In Act II vhe is joined by a group of peers responding to his remarks. He will debate the grammar of our title, specifically on whether to use a question mark to punctuate its end.

With Timothy Garton Ash, György Konrád, Geert Mak, Adam Michnik, Elzbieta Matynia

Cooper Union: Frederick P. Rose Auditorium 41 Cooper Square, NYC
Tickets: $20/$15 
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Co-sponsored by The Czech Center New York, Polish Cultural Institute New York, and Nederlands Letterenfonds // Dutch Foundation for Literature.

PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
For its 10th anniversary, the Festival celebrates those who have dared to stand "on the edge," risking their careers, and sometimes their lives, to speak out for their art and beliefs. Building upon PEN American Center’s tradition of defending freedom of expression, the festival will foster cross-cultural dialogue among writers, artists, and citizens around the globe, offering connective tissue for a new generation to see beyond cultural divisions and misconceptions. Join us for a wide range of events, including debates, one-on-one conversations, participatory workshops, and performances in venues throughout the city.
More than 150 writers from 30 nations will gather in New York City.
April 28-May 4, 2014

Ivan Klima was born in Prague in 1931, where he still resides. He is the author of over thirty plays, essay collections, and novels, including Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light, No Saints or Angels, The Ultimate Intimacy, and Lovers for a Day—all New York Times Notable Books of the Year—as well as love and Garbage. My Crazy Century won the prestigious Magnesia Litera Award for nonfiction.


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Cooper Union: Frederick P. Rose Auditorium 41 Cooper Square, NYC


May 3, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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