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A Nation of Bookworms?

A Nation of Bookworms?

The Czechs as Readers: Reading in Times of Civilizational Fatigue

Trávníček, Jiří

subjects: literary criticism, Czech studies, sociology

paperback, 212 pp., 1. edition
translation: Clarke, Melvyn
published: april 2021
ISBN: 978-80-246-4661-9
recommended price: 350 czk

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Nation of Bookworms? takes an in-depth look at the reading culture of the Czech Republic-the country with the highest number of libraries per capita worldwide. Drawing on studies and oral interviews of Czech readers conducted by the National Library of the Czech Republic and the Institute of Czech Literature between 2007 and 2018, the book presents intriguing new research on Czech readership and society. Jiří Trávníček deftly sifts through hard data and first-person reportage, illuminating the myriad components that make up reading culture, such as print-reading, screen-reading, libraries, book sales, the social lives of readers, time spent reading, and reading preferences. Trávníček also takes a global look at literary love, exploring the parallels between the reading cultures of other countries and the Czechs’ unique fervor for the written word.