Jaroslav Formánek

Jaroslav Formánek (1960) is a Czech writer, journalist and translator. He lives in Prague and Paris. In 1993 he published a book of fiction Dlouhá kakaová řasa (The Long Cocoa Eyelash), and the collection of his short stories from the 80s and 90s, Beze stop (Without Traces) appeared in 2001. His novel Francouzský rok (The French year) was published in 2005. He has translated from French The First and Second Europe by Wilfried Martens and Histoire de l’extrême droite en France, (History Of the Extreme Right in France) by Michel Winock.

Dwarves and Giants

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’’s all.” I was reminded of this passage in Lewis Carroll’‘s Through the Looking Glass? last autumn, when Czech and international media were inundated with reactions to the article in the Czech weekly Respekt that mentioned a document from the early 1950s according to which writer Milan Kundera had […]