Lecture in language
This year, his acclaimed book Nedělní šachy s Tisem (Sunday Chess with Tiso) is being presented to Czech readers. Silvester Lavrík is a renowned Slovak writer, playwright, screenwriter and lyricist. He has written short stories, poems, novels, and has been cooperating with Slovak and Czech theatres as a screenwriter and director. He has won several awards for his plays, including the Alfred Radok Award.
He started as a teacher of Slovak language and arts, then he spent several years working manually and playing in an amateur theatre before finally obtaining a degree in theatre direction. He worked as a director at the Slovak National Radio in Bratislava and also contributed to other radio stations. At the same time, he found his calling in writing. „What I like most about writing is that stage of self- censorship, working with the text - cleaning, cutting, re-folding, adding other motives, throwing away the redundant content and finding the exact expression,“ says the experienced writer, once nominated for the prestigious Slovak literary award Anasoft Litera.
Silvester‘s novel Nedeľné šachy s Tisom (Sunday chess with Tiso) won the Ján Johanides Award last year and will be one of the topics of his Meltingpot lecture. The novel portrays the personality of Monsignor Tiso, the first Slovak president and politician who collaborated with Nazi Germany and dispatched Jewish transports to concentration camps, yet many still worship him. This controversial topic is still alive not only in Slovakia and it always provokes a storm of emotion and a wave of interest.