The struggle for power is a struggle for the power of words | Právo

INTERVIEW.

Spisovatelka Radka Denemarková: Boj o moc je boj o moc slova. Interview by Štěpán Kučera. Právo, 6. 5. 2022.

Radka Denemarková is one of our most internationally successful contemporary Czech writers. Her latest novel, Hours of Lead (2018, German edition 2022), which was named Book of the Year at the Magnesia Litera Prize 2019, is now a success in German-speaking countries, among others. Recently, its translation was awarded the Styrian Literary Prize in Austria.

“Today, many lies and misinformation are again being spread. It sounds banal, but the most difficult thing is Havel’s demand to live in truth. The important thing is the word. The war is in the minds. The struggle for power is a struggle for the power of the word. And propaganda is so easy today. In the global information and communication system, the struggle for the power of words is also a struggle for world power.”

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