Havel discusses his transformation from absurdist playwright to activist to president of Czechoslovakia in interviews conducted during 1985 and 1986 by exiled journalist Hvizdala. "Mingling autobiography with discussions of politics, literature and theater, his ruminations add up to a disarming and involving self-portrait," said PW .
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In 1986, 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, here translated into English, range over all aspects of a varied life: Havel's childhood in a bourgeois family in Prague during the 1930s, as well as his unusual education--adolescent intellectual circles in the 1950s, experimental theater, and Charter 77 activities. A complex portrait emerges of a man long involved with his community and his state because he considers such involvement a moral imperative. With Havel as president of a newly organized Czechoslovakia since December 1989, expect interest in this title. Highly recommended for all libraries. Previewed as Long Distance Interrogation , Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/90.
- Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Nothing is taken for granted; every idea is subject to closer scrutiny and reevaluation. We need more conversations like this. This book is well worth your timePublished 24 months ago by Beth
Havel is a man I greatly admire. Unfortunately, too few people in the West know of this remarkable man who led The Velvet Revolution in what is now the Czech Republic. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Eurocat
This is a fine book about an amazing man. I was truly inspired by Vaclav Havel after reading this book. Read morePublished on December 29, 2000 by J. A Gant