Martin Bútora

Introduction to My Seven Lives

Under Jana Juráňová’s sensitive and perceptive questioning a well of memories opens up, allowing that which is almost unutterable to be uttered after all. My Seven Lives paints a picture of the history of the past decades that is both vivid and realistic by viewing the events, characters and paradoxes of each period through the prism of human stories. These stories, Agneša Kalinová’s own and those of others, provide readers familiar with the “big history” with an insight into “little histories”, the stories of individuals, families, social groups and communities of spirit, to quote a close friend of the Kalinas, writer and philosopher Milan Šimečka.