Acquisition of Dominik Tatarka’s correspondence and manuscripts by the Museum of Czech Literature
In 1979 the Museum of Czech Literature bought first part of the Dominik Tatarka collection. These materials included his correspondence (22 letters), and manuscripts of his works (more than 1000 pages). This acquisition was mediated by Slovak historian and dissident Ján Mlynárik in cooperation with the employee of the acquisition department of the Literary Archive of the Museum of Czech Literature Marie Krulichová. However, direct purchase from Dominik Tatarka was not possible. That is why the Museum of Czech Literature officially purchased materials from the antiquarian bookshop in Karlova street in Prague that had previously bought them from Tatarka. The Slovak writer then obtained from the bookshop two thirds of the price paid by the Museum of Czech Literature and it was a significant sum. Thus, the willingness and courage of the employees of the Museum of Czech Literature and the above-mentioned antiquarian bookshop significantly helped to improve living conditions of Dominik Tatarka, who was at that time oppressed by the Czechoslovak communist regime.
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- Kůželová, Michaela
Kriššáková, Dominika. 2017. “Rebelující intelektuál v proměnách času- Dominik Tatarka a jeho působení v disidentském hnutí”. Diplomová práce. Univerzita Karlova, Fakulta humanitních studií. Online. https://is.cuni.cz/webapps/zzp/detail/166633.
Kotyk, Petr, interview by Kůželová, Michaela, May 24, 2018. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection