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Jaroslav Jezek

“[On leaving Czechoslovakia for America] My music was planted here, in this land, in this soil. It’s something you can‘t take with you. We can’t just pop our homeland in a suitcase. A homeland—that is air, pavement, language people—that is what you must leave behind. So what’s going to be good for me there? Nothing. Nothing at all. Maybe I’m fleeing from one death to another.”