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Open Letters: Selected Prose

Vaclav Havel
Translated by Paul Wilson

Open Letters: Selected Prose by Vaclav Havel covers the enormously important Czech writer’s prose between the early 1960s and his New Year message – as president of the newly democratic Czechoslovakia – in 1990.

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Virtually everything Vaclav Havel has ever written has acquired a new resonance, whether ironic, artistic, philosophical or political, since he became President of his country in 1989. This selection of his prose ranges in time from the early 1960s to his New Year message of 1990.


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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