Academia Publ. House announces the publication of Finnish national epic Kalevala, with an extensive study by Professor Jan Čermák. In such a comprehensive version, with an expert, but reader-friendly study, Kalevala has been published for the first time.
The Finnish epic Kalevala (1849) is the most significant and mature work in the period of development of the Finnish national identity, compiled by philologist and folklorist Elias Lönnrot (1802–1884); it is one of the essential texts of the world epic tradition. The edition is based on the revised translation of the epic into Czech (1894) by the recognized Czech writer Josef Holeček (1853–1929). The revision of his translation is not only the philological one, but it also reflects the new findings about Kalevala for example in the field of linguistics, cultural history and ethnography. Besides the epic itself, the book contains 8 reproductions of the original illustrations by the most recognized Finnish painter and illustrator of Kalevala, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, and a comprehensive study which depicts the context of Finnish national culture and literature development on the background of the world epic poetry and explores the genesis, structure, genre and style characteristics of Lönnrot’s text.
Official publication event:
Monday 15th of September at 15.00
The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Národni 3, Praha 1, 2nd floor, room 206
Another publication event:
Tuesday 16th of September at 18.30
Literature Café (Literárni kavárně Knihkupectvi Academia)
Václavské náměstí 34, Praha 1