President Masaryk Tells His Story

President Masaryk Tells His Story

President Masaryk Tells His Story

President Masaryk Tells His Story

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This account of President Masaryk's life was taken from his own lips and set down in his own words by Karel Čapek. The chapters were not told consecutively as they are given here; they have been built up from material gathered by Čapek during several years of intercourse with the President. For weeks at a time Čapek stayed with President Masaryk and his family in their charming country house at Topolčanky, in Slovakia; and in the course of talks on summer days in the fields, beside a bonfire in the evenings, on quiet afternoons in the rose-covered summer-house, or on picnics which the whole family joined, he learned the facts, events, and theories which he has woven into this book. Often he would absent himself from the party, while he wrote down and arranged what he had heard the previous day, reappearing later, the plan of the work fresh in his mind, to draw the conversation round to some point which he wanted amplified or elucidated.

Thanks to Čapek's ingenious and careful mosaicwork, we have here a unique self-portrait of a man whom his country honours as teacher, philosopher, and leader, and whom we know as the maker of aState.

D. R.

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