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26 Feb 2019 19:00 - 26 Jan 2019

Lost in America: Milada Součková (1899-1983)

The Well-Unknown Milada Souckova: A story of a Czech Emigre Avant-Gard Writer (1899-1983). SVU New York invites you to a lecture on the unique Czech avant-garde modernist writer Milada Součková and her journey from a natural sciences scholar to a New York-based émigré writer. The lecture will be given by Zuzana Říhová, Ph.D., a visiting scholar at Columbia University.


Milada Součková was a friend of the linguist Roman Jacobson and the writer Vladislav Vančura. After WWII, she served as a Czechoslovak cultural attaché in New York. After the Communist coup of 1948, she resigned and emigrated to the USA. Her fate was shared by many other émigré Czech writers who struggled to find an audience in their adopted country. Součková taught Czech literature at American universities (Berkeley and Harvard) but she remained unknown as a writer, partly, because she did not write in English.  She missed her homeland and its culture. “Don’t forget about me” is a recurring phrase in letters to her friends in Prague.

Zuzana Říhová, PhD, is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University. In the past, she worked in the Institute of Czech Literature of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and served as the Head of the Czech Department at Oxford University (2014 – 2017.) In her research, she focuses on the Czech Avant-garde and Modernism in a wider European context. In her monograph Amidst the Crowd (2016), she examines the reception of French Unanimism in Czech literature, and the relationship between the post-war Russian and Czech Avant-garde.

With readings by Alex Zucker, translator of Czech literature.

RSVP: newyork@svu2000.org

Suggested donation $5.00

Light reception will follow the lecture.



Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


From: 26 Feb 2019 19:00
To: 26 Jan 2019


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