Dariusz Gafijczuk

Derek Sayer

The Inhabited Ruins of Central Europe

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The eleven essays in this volume explore the surprising resilience of productive instabilities enclosed in historical asymmetries, cultural paradoxes, and misplaced topographies. The recent history of Central Europe - a history that vividly blurs the line between imagination and reality - is a particularly vibrant case study of such dynamics, the same dynamics that lie at the heart of modern perception.

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Author of fiction and literary theory, born 5th July 1946 in Prague.

She studied Czech, Russian, French and comparative literature at Charles University, then worked in the Odeon publishing house, and since 1975 she has been employed at the Institute for Czech Literature at the ASCR (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic). “The author’s fiction typically incorporates themes from her work as a literary scholar,” wrote Vladimír Novotný, “especially the classification of novels into roman-realité and roman-invention, or the pioneering theory about the meaning and forms of the initiation storyline in a work of literature.” She has published fifteen books, including Román zasvěcení (1993), Trýznivé město [Agonizing City] (1999), Komedie [Comedy] (2003), Citlivé město (2006), Vyvolávání (2010).

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