Květen (Czechoslovakian journal of the 1950s)

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Květen, meaning both 'bloom' and [the month of] 'May', was a Czechoslovakian journal established in 1955, originally as a publishing space for beginning authors. Following the second gathering of the Union of Czechoslovakian Writers in April, 1956, a group of young poets defined themselves there with the slogan "the poetry of the everyday". They wanted to replace the rhetoric and abstraction of official postwar Czechoslovakian work until that time with a more sober look at everyday reality, and used freer verse forms towards this end. In June of 1959, the journal was banned.

Belonging to the circle of "Bloomers" (the so-called generation in bloom) were poets such as Jiří Šotola, Miroslav Holub, Karel Šiktanc, and Josef Brukner. Among the writers of prose were Karel Ptáčník, Ivan Klíma, and, peripherally, [[Ludvík Vaculík], and Ladislav Fuks.

Květen was an important meeting place for younger authors trying for a partial liberalisation of the cultural environment.

Květen was replaced by the journal Plaman, ('flame').[1]

Footnotes and references

  1. This page is built from a page on the Czech Wikipedia for which there is as yet no English translation. A page from Czech Wikipedia