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The author of the book: Václav Havel
Date of issue: 1964
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This seemed like an odd play to me in every aspect. I suspect that I am too far removed from the audience it is initially directed to (1960s - Czechoslovakia). It appears to be a satire of its bureaucracy in a strange twisted way. The language is nonsensical and the characters seem to lack identity. It seems like speaking "rubbish" was the only way to get along in the realm of the bureaucratic leadership. I cannot exactly say that I enjoyed this play. A critique of the government? It was written in 1963 in the heyday of the cold war. One thing that really intrigued me about Havel was that an artist/writer became the leader of the country. How often do writers lead a nation? I think that people beyond the ranks of the law and the business world need to be in these positions (just like Havel). Clearly his activities as a writer and an activist propelled him to a leadership position when the wall fell in 1989. Unfortunately, the interest to be involved in politics seems poorly correlated with other professions or ways of life (beyond law and business). Havel is quite unique in that fashion.
Even though I can sense the play's political importance I did not find any personal value in reading it. I hope to find more redeeming qualities in "The Memorandum" which I am turning to next.
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Read information about the authorVáclav Havel was a Czech playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician. He was the tenth and last President of Czechoslovakia (1989–92) and the first President of the Czech Republic (1993–2003). He wrote over twenty plays and numerous non-fiction works, translated internationally. He received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, the Order of Canada, the freedom medal of the Four Freedoms Award, and the Ambassador of Conscience Award. He was also voted 4th in Prospect Magazine's 2005 global poll of the world's top 100 intellectuals. He was a founding signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism.
Beginning in the 1960s, his work turned to focus on the politics of Czechoslovakia. After the Prague Spring, he became increasingly active. In 1977, his involvement with the human rights manifesto Charter 77 brought him international fame as the leader of the opposition in Czechoslovakia; it also led to his imprisonment. The 1989 "Velvet Revolution" launched Havel into the presidency. In this role he led Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic to multi-party democracy. His thirteen years in office saw radical change in his nation, including its split with Slovakia, which Havel opposed, its accession into NATO and start of the negotiations for membership in the European Union, which was attained in 2004.
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