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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (April 3, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679734023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679734024
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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 .
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

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.

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