Death, Thou Shall Not Be Afraid Alias the Story of Petr Lébl (2008)

Smrt, nebudeš se báti aneb příběh Petra Lébla (2008)

Smrt, nebudeš se báti aneb příběh Petra Lébla (2008)

SMRT, NEBUDEŠ SE BÁTI ANEB PŘÍBĚH PETRA LÉBLA
(DEATH, THOU SHALL NOT BE AFRAID OR THE STORY OF PETR LÉBL)

Documentary novel. 646 pages. Published by Host, 2008. Design by Helena Šantavá. Launch ceremony: 12th December 2008 in Divadlo Na zábradlí, Prague. Launched by Eva Léblová, Hartmut Holzapfel. Launch ceremony in Brno: 5th February 2009, HaDivadlo.

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AWARDS

„Death, thou shall not be afraid, or the story of Petr Lébl“ by Radka Denemarková reads as a big novel, but its core lies in everyday writings. Using correspondence, diaries, historical documents, personal experience and eyewitness memories, the author has created something in a style of an extensive biographical reportage in which she deals in detail not only with the Icarus-like fate of a gifted playwright, but also depicts the changes in the spirit of the times from mid-eighties till the end of the nineties. The portrayal of recent history is presented not only through the artist’s biography, but also by interpretation of his stage plays, where the Zeitgeist could be seen in poetic and visual shortcuts and free associations and metaphors. The book also deals with the timeless topic of a strong personality, whose extraordinary charisma and talent stemmed in part from a mental disease. The author was able to balance a romantic approach with a critical one: she has not simplified the problem, but allowed it to sound out in its full complicity. It is quite obvious from the text that her pursuit of finding an appropriate form for Lebl’s story was long and demanding. That is part of the reason she created such an unusual piece of work, unparalleled so far in our literature.” (Quotation from the Magnesia Litera jury’s justification)

Czech Television broadcasting (video)

  • Viola Fischerová (in THE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2009 survey by Lidové noviny newspaper).

„Could be read as an unusual fact-based testimony to a double struggle to find one’s own identity: at first the struggle of the novel’s main character, and later, deeper into the text, also the struggle of the novel’s author herself.“

  • 2009 nominated for JOSEF ŠKVORECKÝ PRIZE.

REVIEWS (CZECH). SMRT, NEBUDEŠ SE BÁTI ANEB PŘÍBĚH PETRA LÉBLA

TELEVISION

  • Smrt, nebudeš se báti (an interview with Petra Hůlova, ČT 24, 27. 2. 2009).
  • Magnesia Litera ceremony in Stavovské divadlo and TV portraits of the nominated authors (18. 4. 2009, recording 19. 4. 2009, ČT 2).
  • Magnesia Litera and the awarded books (ČT, with Pavel Mandys, 22. 4. 2009).