Faces and dates in the rearview mirror

Martin Bútora

The present can best be understood if we know the past. In his book, Martin Bútora provides brief reflections on the turning points in history of the past decades. These texts will enable the reader to better understand what happened in 1918, 1939, 1968, 2004, but also 2022. And thanks to this, think about the future.

The book is populated by personalities who influenced domestic and world events. Some are natives of Bratislava: the legendary Austrian journalist Hugo Portisch or rabbi Romi Cohn, who as a boy fought in the SNP and contributed to the building of the Chatam Sofer memorial, others from Prague: Václav Havel, Petr Pithart, Jan Sokol or the dissident Milan Šimečka. However, you will also find foreign personalities whose words and actions changed our world - Zbigniew Brzeziński and Madeleine Albright, diplomat George Kennan, journalist Adam Michnik, or historian Timothy Snyder.

Martin Bútora (1944)

Martin Bútora is slovak sociologist, writer, university teacher and diplomat. In the 1960s, he worked as an editor for the magazines Echo, Reflex and Kultúrny život, later as a documentarian at the Labor Research Institute. After the Soviet occupation, he was politically out of favor and in 1977 he refused to vote for the resolution ... More.