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SEOUL – selection of contemporary Central European drama published in Korean

Contemporary theatre of four Central European countries, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary - known as Visegrad 4 - is for the first time presented in Korea with a special book. Four short plays were published in Korean translation in one volume under the title Between Loneliness and Intimacy.

 

This is the first presentation of very contemporary Central European drama to Korean readers. These are: “Z prachu hvězd” (From Stardust) by Czech writer Lenka Lagronová; “Burmistrz” (The Mayor) by Polish Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk; “Babyboom” by Slovak Zuzana Ferenczová, and “Banyavirág” (Mine Flowers) by Hungarian Székely Csaba. The 400-page bilingual book contains not only Korean translation of each play but also the original versions written in the four original languages.

The project was one year in the making, spearheaded by the Visegrad Fund. theater institutes from all four countries, and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies which printed the collection. The publication of the books was sponsored also by Embassy of the Czech Republic. It was originally scheduled for last October to be presented in connection with the Performing Arts Market Seoul´s organized in the National Theatre of Korea, which had Central Europe as its focus region.

All four countries were represented at the launching at Czech Centre Seoul on June 20, 2013 — Ambassador of Poland Krzysztof Majka; Ambassador of Slovakia Dušan Bella; Ambassador of the Czech Republic Jaroslav Olša, jr., and Annamaria Batari, the secretary at the Hungarian Embassy attended.