With Havel and Confucius against Xi Jinping | Neue Zürcher Zeitung

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Jörg Plath: Mit Havel und Konfuzius gegen Xi Jinping. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 15. 2. 2022, p. 29.

The new book by the Czech author Radka Denemarková brings the inhumanities of the People’s Republic to light.

For writing several times about Chinese dissidents, the People’s Republic banned Czech writer Radka Denemarková from entering the country for life. Her angry political novel “Hours of Lead” is unlikely to change this: Denemarková accuses China of ruthless enrichment and serious human rights violations.

The novel was written after several stays in the Middle Kingdom and against the background of a policy in her home country that Denemarková must have considered kowtowing: Under President Miloš Zeman, the Czech Republic and China concluded a trade agreement worth billions in 2013. The small central European country offered itself as a Chinese “gateway to the European Union”, and its politicians affirmed that the strong partner possessed a “harmonious and stabilised society”. This twist haunts the novel “Hours of Lead”. It presents a murderous dictatorship.

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Radka Denemarková: Stunden aus Blei. Novel. Translated from Czech by Eva Profousová. 880 pp., hardcover, EUR 32,90 (Verlag Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg)

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