"the speech Dubcek had given over the radio"

On the evening of August 20, 1968, at the conclusion of the swift invasion of Czechoslovakia by Soviet tanks (see Bookmark for page 25), Alexander Dubček (Bookmark for page 26) and other Czech reformers were flown to Moscow by Soviet military transport aircraft and made to sign the “Moscow Protocols.” These documents promised to protect socialism in Czechoslovakia, to restrain critical Czech media, to reject any interference from the UN Security Counsel, and other repressive measures.

The narrator describes Dubček’s treatment by his captors and his behavior upon his return to Prague the following week. As mentioned earlier, the narrator likens the humiliation of Dubček to the way Tereza is humiliated in love by Tomas, in section 27 of Part Two (page 75).