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Vaclav Havel

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Václav Havel was born in Czechoslovakia in 1936. His plays have been produced around the world, and he is the author of many influential essays on totalitarianism and dissent. He was a founding spokesman for Charter 77 and served as president of the Czech Republic until 2003. He lives in Prague.

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Disturbing the Peace
A Conversation with Karel Huizdala
Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 1991
Price: $14.95

In Prague in 1976, the quizzical, absurdist playwright Vaclav Havel agreed to be the spokesman for a group calling for a more tolerant and open Czechoslovakia. Thirteen years later, after years of official harassment and imprisonment, Havel became his country's first president. These eloquent, probing, and often witty interviews, conducted by... Read more >

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Open Letters
Selected Writings, 1965-1990
Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $15.95

Here are Havel's most important essays, brought together for the first time in authorized translations and spanning twenty-five years of political activism--from the early sixties, when he was a relatively unknown dissident playwright, to his 1990 New Year's Day speech.  Included are several previously untranslated pieces, unpublished prison letters, the famous "Open... Read more >

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Summer Meditations

Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1993
Price: $14.95

In a work written while he was president of a united Czechoslovakia, Havel addresses the legacy of Communism as the euphoria of the Velvet Revolution gives way to a more problematic reality.  As he offers profound reflections upon the nature and practice of politics throughout the world, he also extends a stirring... Read more >

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To the Castle and Back

Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $15.95

From the former president of the Czech Republic comes this first-hand account of his years in office and the transition to democracy following the fall of Communism.

A renowned playwright, Václav Havel became one of Czechoslovakia's most prominent dissidents under Communist rule – and the president after the Velvet Revolution, making him... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

To the Castle and Back

Written by Vaclav Havel


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 10, 2009
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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A Century of Wisdom
Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor
Written by Caroline Stoessinger
Foreword by Vaclav Havel


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $23.00

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

A Century of Wisdom
Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor
Written by Caroline Stoessinger
Foreword by Vaclav Havel


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and a hardcover.
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