Friday, August 21, 2009

Octobriana : August 21, 41 years ago

A few days ago, I was joking about the Russian army that was getting sexier, but today 21st August is indeed a sad anniversary :

1968Soviet Union-dominated Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring
see August 21 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for more detail on this.

Which reminds me of Karel Jerie's comics starting precisely during this event - when Octobriana looking for her father, would be captured and tortured by Petr Sadecky and his henchman ... I think it symbolizes the Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) being forced to become Russian - with a red star not a tattooed on her forehead but burned into her flesh by a Russian tortionner, while Petr Sadecky is watching (being the guy who escaped to the west with Czech artist's work in his luggage, pretending later that this work was made by a Russian underground party (PPP) and selling the whole thing to a British editor ...) - there's only 4 pages, but crammed with lots of historic facts ...

Anyway, there's a happy ending to Karel Jerie's comic - and that is my conclusion for tonight. Everybody loves happy ending!

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