Robert Fulghum in Prague. via Petr Novák, Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 2.5

‘I was a Czech in a previous life’: author Robert Fulghum returns to Czech Republic for 25-city tour

Fulghum, who has been coming to the Czech Republic for 30 years, set a series of new novels in a Czech pub

Popular American author Robert Fulghum will be touring the Czech Republic extensively in October, visiting over two dozen cities and towns including Prague.

His appearance in Prague, at Divadlo Na Fidlovačce, comes near the end of his tour on October 27. The tour begins in Slaný on October 3 and wraps up in Ostrava on October 29.

He will be presenting his new novel Nine Dragons And A Sheep, the second part of his ‘The Mender of Destinies’ trilogy. So far, the novel and its predecessor are only available in Czech, but most of his other writing is in English.

Two actors will present a dramatic selection from the new novel and he will tell stories, sign books, and meet and greet fans.

Robert Fulghum
Robert Fulghum with his new book and Prague in the background. via Facebook

“For me, that’s the best part of the trip – ‘generally re-engaging with Czechs.’ Something I’ve been doing for 30 years now – and hope to continue because there is a new book of essays/stories coming in the fall of 2020, and the last volume of ‘The Mender’ the fall after that,” he writes on his blog.

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Fulghum explained his connection to Czechs: “I answer with what an old lady told me at a book signing. It’s a matter of reincarnation – I was a Czech in a previous life or I am destined to be a Czech in the next life. She was certain. So that’s that. Now you know.”

He offered an alternative explanatiohn. “Or it might be that it has been discovered that the most famous Czech of all, Jara Cimrman, went to America, and had a brief love affair with my great-grandmother a long time ago. So you might say that I am the illegitimate great-grand-son of Jara Cimrman, which is about as Czech as I’ll ever get,” he added. Cimrman is a popular fictional character that started on the radio and has also been in plays.

While in the Czech Republic, he plans to collect material for new stories and essays.

The Mender of Destinies books follow the exploits of an American expat, George Novak, who comes to Prague to look for his roots but is really seeking the meaning of life. He meets a Czech woman, Luci Milena, along the way. Much of the story takes place in a Czech pubs called Nine Dragons and a Sheep, which became he title of the second book.

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Fulghum, born in 1937, grew up in Waco, Texas. Aside from being an author he is a Unitarian Universalist minister. He also worked as a ditch-digger, newspaper carrier, ranch hand, and singing cowboy. He now lives in Utah and Crete.

His first collection of writings, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, was published in 1988 and stayed on The New York Times bestseller lists for nearly two years. There are more than 17 million copies of his books in print in 27 languages in 103 countries. Several stage productions are based on his writing as well.

A full list of his tour dates can be seen here on his publisher’s website.

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