Maciej is awesome. Anyone who comes right out and calls Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being a “sexually-transmitted book…inflicted on a generation of American youth” is ok by me. To his alternate Slav reading recommendations I must add: The Engineer of Human Souls by Josef Skvorecky.

It easily ranks high on his “Slavoliciousness” scale, and remains one of my favorite Czech novels, if not the favorite. I didn’t read it when I was still living in Prague, but about 2 years later, when I returned for a visit. After picking up a copy at the original location of the Globe in Prague 7, I read almost all 500+ pages on a series of overnight trains…couldn’t put it down!

Also, if you’re looking for some really good poetry, the Czechs kick serious ass. Jaroslav Seifert, for example, or Karel Hynek Mácha

By the way, if you want to see some really killer photos of the actual Depeche show I went to the other night and not the St. Petersburg photos I linked below, click here. GREAT shots!

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