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Letters to Olga

Vaclav Havel
Translated by Paul Wilson

Letters to Olga: June 1979 to September 1982 by Vaclav Havel collects the letters written to his wife, during his time as a political prisoner, from the enormously important Czech writer and thinker.

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Vaclav Havel is one of the most important European writers of our time. In 1979 he was sentenced to four and a half years of hard labour for his involvement in the Czech human rights movement, Charter 77. In prison he was allowed to write to his wife, Olga, once a week. He used the opportunity for profound reflections, on theatre, society and philosophy. These letters form a remarkable document, and a work of lasting value.

‘From Havel, we learn that the true heroes of our time are those who stay the course.’ Bruce Chatwin


Václav Havel was born in Czechoslovakia in 1936. Among his plays, those best known in the West areThe Garden Party, The Memorandum, Largo Desolato, Temptation, and three one-act plays, Audience,Private View and Protest. He is a founding spokesman of Charter 77 and the author of many influential essays on the nature of totalitarianism and dissent. In 1979 he was sentenced…

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