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August 1968
August 1968

August 1968


72 Pages, 19.2 x 9.6

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $79.00 (US $79.00) (CA $98.95)

Publication Date: May 2009

ISBN 9788080856045

Rights: WOR X UK, EUR, CN, HK & TW

Slovart Publishing, Ltd. (May 2009)

Price: $79.00


Reflecting on photojournalist Ladislav Bielik’s documentation of the end of the Prague Spring in August 1968, this compilation details 187 photos he took during that tumultuous time. Examining one of the most famous shots—that of a bare-chested man in front of the occupier’s tank—this investigation demonstrates how this image has become one of the best known and most significant pictures of the 20th century. This splendid volume includes most of the other shots hidden in the cellar of Bielik’s house from the secret police, remaining undiscovered until his son happened upon them by chance and organized their transfer to the West. Providing a brief history of the reasons for the Prague Spring and the events that took place after it was brutally crushed by the authorities, this account captures an exhilarating time in Eastern European history as well as its somber, heartbreaking end. This edition includes English and Slovak.