Fields of Light by Joseph Hurka
A Son Remembers His Heroic Father (Pushcart Editors' Book Award)

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Winner of Pushcart's 19th Annual Editors' Book Award, nominated by Andre Dubus. A son remembers his father--an unsung Czech anti-Communist resistance fighter--in this powerfully moving memoir. After the fall of Communism, Joseph Hurka traveled to Prague, where his father had fought in the Underground against the Czech-Stalinist government. As the son walks in his father's footsteps, he uncovers a hidden past: he learns of his father's brutal imprisonment, his fortunate release, and his fierce resistance work. This book is also a story of modern Prague and the Czech Republic after the Velvet Revolution. Hurka takes us with him into the heart of Prague, the "Old Town" quarter where Kafka lived, and the lesser-known streets where his father fought for democracy. Fields of Light is finally a loving tribute to a father, a meditation on the relationship between truth and resistance, a tale of personal sacrifice and endurance--and of history reborn after extraordinary totalitarian efforts to erase it. 16 b/w photographs.
 

About Joseph Hurka

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Joseph Hurka's stories have appeared in "Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly", and elsewhere. He teaches at Tufts University.
 
Published March 1, 2001 by Pushcart Pr. 220 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Professional & Technical, War. Non-fiction

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Before leaving the land that his father had refused to return to, the author visited Hradcany Castle—the ancient palace of Bohemian kings, now home to the President of the Czech Republic—and noticed a flag flying from the battlements emblazoned with the motto Truth Prevails.

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In 1991, Hurka traveled to Czechoslovakia with a couple of goals in mind: visit his aunt and learn about what happened to his father's native country and his father during the years of Communist rule.

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