Viktor Dyk


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Dyk, Viktor

 

Born Dec. 31, 1877, in Psovka, near the city of Mělnńk; died May 14, 1931, at Lopud Island, Yugoslavia. Czech author.

Dyk began writing in the late 1890’s as a symbolist. He was also the author of political satires. Dyk’s poetry from the period of World War I, which is full of enthusiasm for the struggle for national independence, forms the book A War Tetralogy (1915-22). Dyk also wrote prose, dramas, and journalistic works. His novel The End of Hackenschmid (1904) is dedicated to the anti-Austrian movement in Bohemia. After the creation of the Czechoslovak bourgeois state (1918), Dyk assumed a reactionary political position.

WORKS

In Russian translation:
In Antologiia cheshskoi poezii, vol. 2. Moscow, 1959.

REFERENCE

Buriánek, F. Generace buřičů. Prague, 1968. Pages 138-46.
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In relation to emigrants, the communist regime had a fondness for misusing a quote from a well-known poem by Viktor Dyk, in which the Fatherland addresses its son and uses the harsh words "If you leave me, I shall not perish--If you leave me, you shall perish." We can find this quotation applied to Rafael Kubelik in Holzknecht's History of the Czech Philharmonic, but we can counter it with the famous words of the composer himself, "I left my country in order not to have to leave my people," a remark that the years proved true.