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Havel, Václav

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Largo desolato : a play in seven scenes by Václav Havel( Book )

50 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 1,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All life in a police state is interesting, probably corrupt and potentially subversive as portrayed in this absurdist but seemingly autobiographical play by Czech playwright Vaclav Havel. As in Phoenix, to cite an example, police don't care about guilt, innocence, justice or mercy. If anyone is accused of a crime, they want a conviction. In Havel's play, Professor Leopold Nettles is charged with "disturbing the intellectual peace." Only in a police state could anyone invent such a wide-ranging crime. In Phoenix, conviction means a fine. In Havel's play, a conviction may mean an indeterminate sentence in semi-starved misery in a distant gulag. Once suspected, Leopold knows he's guilty in the eyes of the state. The play portrays a variety of people who visit him, proud that he speaks up in defiance of the authorities - - - but unwilling to join him in his stand for intellectual freedom. Leopold, like Havel for much of his life, is utterly alone. But who are the well-wishers who applaud his dissidence? Are they friends, or secret police agents as provocateurs? Two police agents who visit offer a clever means to avoid prosecution; in effect, "just agree to our falsehoods and all charges will go away." Really? A trap? Are the police undermining the government they serve? How can anyone trust anything? Such is the nature of 'Largo Desolato' and life in a police state. --Theodore A. Rushton at
The art of the impossible : politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996 by Václav Havel( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume consists of thirty-five of these essays, written between the years 1990 and 1996, that manage to be both profoundly personal and profoundly political. Havel writes of totalitarianism, its miseries and the nonetheless difficult emergence from it. He describes how his country and the other post-communist countries are learning democracy from scratch and are encountering obstacles from inside and out. He marvels at the single technology-driven civilization that envelops the globe, and the challenges this presents to multicultural realities. And he reminds us that - contrary to all appearances - common sense, moderation, responsibility, good taste, feeling, instinct, and conscience are not alien to politics, but are the very key to its long-term success
The memorandum by Václav Havel( Book )

40 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dept. of Speech and Drama, California State College, Los Angeles and the Associated Students present The memorandum by Vaclav Havel (translated from the Czech by Vera Blackwell); directed by Pope Freeman; scenery and lighting designed by Charles Ricketts; costumes designed by Joycelin Ellis; projections and sound by Byron Bauer; properties by Harry Singleton
The Power of the powerless : citizens against the state in central-eastern Europe by Václav Havel( Book )

24 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Books of great political insight and novelty always outlive their time of birth and this reissued work, initially published in 1985, is no exception. Written shortly after the formation of Charter 7, the essays in this collection are among the most original and compelling pieces of political writing to have emerged from central and Eastern Europe during the whole of the post-war period
Temptation : a play in ten scenes by Václav Havel( Book )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his most challenging work to date, Czech playwright Vaclav Havel has given the Faust legend a provocative twist. His setting is 'the Institute, ' whose mission is to combat the 'irrational tendencies' in society through its scientific work. Personal and professional relationships at this 'lighthouse of truthful knowledge' are a tissue of lies and sycophancy in which all concerned willingly collude
Václav Havel : living in truth : twenty-two essays published on the occasion of the award of the Erasmus Prize to Václav Havel by Václav Havel( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The beggar's opera by Václav Havel( Book )

3 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Beggar's Opera is a free-wheeling, highly politicized adaptation of John Gay's well-known eighteenth-century work of the same name. The play, reminiscent of Havel's earlier Garden Party and The Memorandum, is up to his best satirical standard. Like the Brecht/Weill Threepenny Opera, Havel's play uses an underworld milieu to explore the intermingled themes of love, loyalty, and treachery."--Jacket
Summer meditations by Václav Havel( Book )

37 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in 8 languages and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beschouwingen van de (voormalige) president van Tsjecho-Slowakije over de toekomst van zijn land, met grote nadruk op de moraliteit van de politiek
Versuch, in der Wahrheit zu leben by Václav Havel( Book )

61 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De Tsjechische dissident zet uiteen hoe de mensen in het Oostblok door het politieke systeem worden gemanipuleerd en welke rol de dissidentenbeweging kan spelen door het initiëren van particuliere activiteiten
Václav Havel, or, Living in truth : twenty-two essays published on the occasion of the award of the Erasmus Prize to Václav Havel by Václav Havel( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Disturbing the peace : a conversation with Karel Hvížďala by Václav Havel( Book )

57 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om den tjekkiske forfatter Václav Havel (f. 1936) som kulturperson og systemkritiker i bl.a. Charter 77-stiftelsen samt om hans baggrund i det tjekkiske borgerskab og om hans litterære og politiske udvikling
A century of wisdom [lessons from the life of Alice Herz-Somer, the world's oldest living Holocaust survivor] by Caroline Stoessinger( Recording )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects life lessons by a Holocaust survivor and concert pianist, sharing the wisdom she has gleaned and insights into her resolve to thrive in spite of loss and her choice to harbor no bitterness toward her oppressors
Dopisy Olze by Václav Havel( Book )

55 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in 13 languages and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selectie uit de brieven die de dissidente Tsjechische toneelschrijver(geb. 1936) aan zijn vrouw schreef tijdens zijn verblijf in de gevangenis in de jaren 1979-1983
The increased difficulty of concentration : a play in two acts by Václav Havel( Book )

18 editions published between 1968 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Open letters : selected writings, 1965-1990 by Václav Havel( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning twenty-five years, this historic collection of writings shows Vaclav Havel's evolution from a modestly known playwright who had the courage to advise and criticize Czechoslovakia's leaders to a newly elected president whose first address to his fellow citizens begins, "I assume you did not propose me for this office so that I, too, would lie to you." Some of the pieces in Open letters, such as "Dear Dr. Husak" and the essay "The Power of the Powerless," are by now almost legendary for their influence on a generation of Eastern European dissidents; others, such as some of Havel's prison correspondence and his private letter to Alexander Dubcek, appear in English for the first time. All of them bear the unmistakable imprint of Havel's intellectual rigor, moral conviction, and unassuming eloquence, while standing as important additions to the world's literature of conscience
The garden party by Václav Havel( Book )

25 editions published between 1963 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Temptation by Václav Havel( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Turkish and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Private view : a play by Václav Havel( Book )

38 editions published between 1976 and 2005 in 6 languages and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vernissage: Théâtre avec trois personnages: une femme, deux hommes
Redevelopment or, Slum clearance by Václav Havel( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Redevelopment' is set in a mediaeval castle in a historic town in Eastern Europe. Supervised by a state functionary and led by an emotionally chaotic project director, a group of architects struggle to come up with a high-rise building scheme that will destroy the ancient town's character and incidentally clear away its slums. On the realistic level, the play is about a universal architectural dilemma. But it also works as a political metaphor about the whimsical arbitrariness of autocracy. 'Redevelopment' was first performed at the Orange Tree, Richmond, in September 1990
The view from Prague : the expectations of world leaders at the dawn of the 21st century by Forum 2000 (Conference)( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The art of the impossible : politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996
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Chavel, Vaclav 1936-2011

Gavel, Vaclav 1936-2011

Gavel, Vat︠s︡lav

Gavel, Vatslav 1936-2011

Haei̕er, Wacilafu 1936-2011

Hapel, Pačchŭllapchŭ 1936-2011


Havel, V. 1936-2011

Havel, Vclau 1936-2011

Havel, Vclav 1936-

Havel, Vaclav 1936-2011

Haveli, Vac'lav 1936-2011

Havelo, Vclavo 1936-2011

Havels, Vāclavs 1936-

Haveru, Vatsurafu 1936-2011

Hawei'er, Wacilafu 1936-2011

Khavel, Vat︠s︡lav

Khavel, Vatslav 1936-2011

Vclav Havel dramaturge, essayiste et homme d'tat tchcoslovaque puis tchque

Vclav Havel pisarz i prezydent Republiki Czeskiej

Vclav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician from the Czech Republic

Vclav Havel poltico, escritor y dramaturgo checo

Vclav Havel scrittore, drammaturgo e politico ceco

Vclav Havel tschechischer Schriftsteller und Politiker

Vclav Havel Tsjechisch schrijver

Vāclavs Havels

Vatslav Havel

Venceslaus Havel

Βάτσλαβ Χάβελ

Вацлав Гавел чешский писатель, драматург, диссидент, правозащитник и государственный деятель, последний президент Чехословакии (1989—1992) и первый президент Чехии

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Вацлаў Гавэл


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The art of the impossible : politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996The memorandumThe Power of the powerless : citizens against the state in central-eastern EuropeTemptation : a play in ten scenesVáclav Havel : living in truth : twenty-two essays published on the occasion of the award of the Erasmus Prize to Václav HavelThe beggar's operaSummer meditationsVáclav Havel, or, Living in truth : twenty-two essays published on the occasion of the award of the Erasmus Prize to Václav Havel