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In late 1990s, Karol Spišák, the director of Nitra, attended a theater festival somewhere abroad. He met with a cultural community in the country who asked him where he came from. From Slovakia, he said proudly. Slow, slow … from Ljubljana? The first one asked. No, Karol replied condescendingly, it is Slo-va-ki-a, he stressed. BELGRADE? Another one asked . No, S-L-O-V-A-K-I-A, Karol spoke up. I have never heard of that, sadly added the third. Slovakia! Karol got furious. – Prague!! Oh yes, clear, great … Menzel, Hrabal, Kundera …., Havel, clear. The cultural folks lightened up . Continue reading