Karel Čapek’s ‘The White Disease’: a pandemic of fascism
‘The White Disease’ (Bílá nemoc), first performed in January 1937, was a dark satirical send-up of fascism and opportunism, set against the backdrop of a deadly pandemic. The antimilitary utopian play was as prescient then as it is topical today, in the time of coronavirus.
Karel Čapek’s penultimate play was a dark satire of fascism, set against the backdrop of a pandemic, as prescient then as it is topical today, in the era of coronavirus.
Kafka, Čapek, Kundera and Havel, these are all world renowned names, but what about all the others? How well are Czech authors actually known abroad?