Rozhovory Východ-Západ u kulatého stolu

Title in English Roundtable Discussions between East and West


Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Bohemica Olomucensia 2 – Philologica Juvenilia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Austrian Society for Literature; Cold War; Literature Congresses
Description This study focuses on the Austrian Society for Literature and their contacts with authors in the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe during the 1960s. The Society, with the secret financial support of Congress for Cultural Freedom, held three international conferences on novel and drama, where East and West participants met in the period of the Cold War, an conflict between two opposed ideological blocks. In October 1965 twenty seven novelists came to Vienna to discuss the literary realism and the realistic novel, the “nouveau roman” and the future of the novel. The Viennese cultural and historical spirit and the ability of the hosting Society allowed this conference to become a meeting place of opposite ideas and meanings.
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