Slovak PEN Club representatives visit Canada

pen_200Slovak ambassador  Milan Kollar was pleased to introduce an Ottawa audience the three prominent Slovak PEN club executives (left to right) Frantisek Polander, Treasurer; Gustav Murin, President, and Viliam Jablonicky, Secretary.

President Gustav Murin was happy to present Ambassador Milan Kollar with one of the books brought to Canada by the
group to promote closer Slovak cultural connections.

The executives of the Slovak PEN Club, an international Writers' association, dropped in to Ottawa with samples of Slovakia's literature and film work. The reception at the Slovak embassy made (left to right) TV director Franisek Polander; Mafia expose-writer Gustav Murin; and historical writer Viliam Jablonicky better know to Canadians.

The Slovak literary giants were happy to take questions from an interested audience at the Ottawa Embassy.

Members of the audience checked out some of the current Slovak literature  for adults and for children which most of us in Canada have not been learning about on our markets.

Film My Father Gulag, available on DVD, is all about the search of his own identity of a Slovak, born in the Soviet Union. His parents were amont the 40-thousand seized in Slovakia and deported to the Gulags by the Soviet Army and NKVD after World War Two.

The representatives of the Slovak PEN club also visited Toronto.

Text and photo: Jan Juraj Frajkor

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