DISTURBING THE PEACE VACLAV HAVEL PDF

In , Vaclav Havel tape-recorded his answers to 50 questions mailed to him by a friendly interrogator, the emigre Czechoslovak journalist and playwright Karel Hvizdala. The result is ''Disturbing the Peace,'' and it unquestionably is the finest work this Czechoslovak artist has yet produced - ably translated by Paul Wilson. Part autobiography, part political philosophy, part history, part esthetics, the book finds its unity in the personal qualities that catapulted a lonely dissenter, ostracized as an enemy of the people, into prominence as the reluctant President of his country: modesty, tolerance, inner grace, courage, discriminating intelligence and, above all, strength of principle. There may be disagreement about Mr.

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I became an admirer of Vaclav Havel after reading his play the Memorandum. I have only read excerpts from this book and will finish it someday. In , as his 50th birthday approached, then-dissident Czech playwright Havel submitted to a mail interview with exiled Czech journalist Hvizdala.

The essays written as answers for that interview Although in many ways this book stands as an informal autobiography of the playwright turned statesman, these eloquent and often witty interviews do much more than just recapitulate how Vaclav Havel helped transform Czechoslovakia into a democracy. Havel gives insights into Czech history, the social and political roles of art, and a statement of the values underlying recent events in Eastern Europe.

A national bestseller. Growing Up Outside. He is a founding spokesman of Charter 77 and the author of many influential essays on the nature of totalitarianism and dissent. In he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for his involvement in the human rights movement. Out of this imprisonment came his book of letters to his wife, Letters to Olga In he helped to found the Civic Forum, the first legal opposition movement in Czechoslovakia in 40 years; in December he was elected president of Czechoslovakia; and in became the first president of the independent Czech Republic.

His memoir, To the Castle and Back , was published in He died in at the age of

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Of all the wonders of the year just past, the most wondrous has been the rise of the playwright and dissident Vaclav Havel from prison to the presidency of Czechoslovakia. Basically, it is an autobiography, informal, understated, tentative in judgment--the only sort of memoir the future president could have allowed himself to compose. As such, it was put together at the optimum point in time, when rays of hope were beginning to penetrate the gloom of life under a tyranny and when the future leaders of a free Czechoslovakia had established a network of personal associations ready for quick mobilization if the hour of liberation should strike. This conviction may have eased the shock when at age 15 his real handicapping began. Eventually he was called up for military service. Here he found his vocation.

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Disturbing the Peace

I became an admirer of Vaclav Havel after reading his play the Memorandum. I have only read excerpts from this book and will finish it someday. In , as his 50th birthday approached, then-dissident Czech playwright Havel submitted to a mail interview with exiled Czech journalist Hvizdala. The essays written as answers for that interview

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I became an admirer of Vaclav Havel after reading his play the Memorandum. I have only read excerpts from this book and will finish it someday. In , as his 50th birthday approached, then-dissident Czech playwright Havel submitted to a mail interview with exiled Czech journalist Hvizdala. The essays written as answers for that interview Considered one of the leading intellectual figures and moral forces in Eastern Europe today, Vaclav Havel was born into a well-to-do Prague family on October 5, Denied the right to attend the university college because of his "bourgeois" background, Havel instead studied at a technical college from to , and then enlisted in the Czechoslovak Army. Havel left the army in and began a career in writing.

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