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The Poetic World of Newt
Sunday 25 November 2007 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)
The name Newt on the secret police file in Communist Prague masked the identity of the poet Ivan Blatny. In his twenties, Blatny was one of the central figures in the cultural avant-garde, but when the Communists came to power in 1948 he defected to Britain, much to the fury of the Czechoslovak authorities, who opened a secret file on him and attempted to lure Newt back.
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