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Havel, Václav

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The art of the impossible : politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996 by Václav Havel( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 956 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
Largo desolato : a play in seven scenes by Václav Havel( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and German and held by 937 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 memorandum by Václav Havel( Book )

25 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in English and Tagalog and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Memorandum is a remarkably witty assault on the madness of "efficiency" peculiar to total bureaucracy. In a large office, and unknown to the Managing Director, a new language called Ptydepe is installed as the official means of inter-office communication
The Power of the powerless : citizens against the state in central-eastern Europe by Václav Havel( Book )

40 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in English and held by 808 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
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 )

31 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Temptation : a play in ten scenes by Václav Havel( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 691 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
Moving parts : monologues from contemporary plays( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 125 monologues by Mamet, Shepard, August Wilson, and others
The beggar's opera by John Gay( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and Czech and held by 455 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 )

44 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his first book as president of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, Vaclav Havel offers us a profound meditation on the nature and practice of politics and a stirring plea for morality, civility, and openness in public life in a time of overwhelming global change. From his unique perspective as both a head of state and a writer of great clarity and eloquence, Havel reflects on his experience in office, and on the questions that his own presence there brings so powerfully to mind: Is there a place for morality, and for simple decency, in politics? Have his ideals and principles--forged through two decades of courageous opposition to totalitarianism--a place in public life? His answer, put forth with remarkable candour, is unequivocally affirmative. He explores in this forthright book the practical problems facing his country today and openly examines the traumas of economic transition that have become central not only in Czechoslovakia but throughout the former Communist bloc. He grapples with the details of political change, and with the complex emotional issues of nationalism, separatism, and environmental devastation. He argues for a dynamic new market economy tempered by compassion, and for the central role of art and culture in transforming society. Writing with passion and energy, Havel reveals his dreams and his vision for a civil society of the future, stressing the essential goodwill in people, the responsibilities of those who lead them, and the need for tolerance. In the great seriousness of his commitment he demonstrates a moral and political consistency all too rare in public life. Summer Meditations is a timely and necessary book. Illuminated by Vaclav Havel's sincerity and directness, by his common sense and by his uncommon moral courage, it gives us an essential understanding of the problems and the promise in the post-Communist world
Open letters : selected writings, 1965-1990 by Václav Havel( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 345 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
Beyond hate by Bill D Moyers( Visual )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the experiences of world figures, gang leaders, and young people trying to cope with violence in their lives, Beyond hate chronicles the impact of hate on its victims, and probes its many dimensions. Moyers listens to those gripped by hatred and those victimized by it. He also focuses on individuals and groups who are working to move beyond hatred to achieve tolerance and acceptance
Versuch, in der Wahrheit zu leben by Václav Havel( Book )

60 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Versuch, in der Wahrheit zu leben" nennt der ehemalige Dissident Vaclav Havel seinen 1978 verfaßten, vielbeachteten politischen Essay, in dem seine Suche nach Wahrheit im Sozialismus zu einer modernen Gesellschaftskritik des sozialistischen Systems führt und schließlich in dem umfassenden Versuch endet, eine Krise der menschlichen Identität zu begründen. (Quelle: Amazon, Kundenrez.)
Letters to Olga : June 1979-September 1982 by Václav Havel( Book )

61 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in 10 languages and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A century of wisdom : [lessons from the life of Alice Herz-Somer, the world's oldest living Holocaust survivor] by Caroline Stoessinger( Recording )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 259 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
The garden party by Václav Havel( Book )

37 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essais politiques by Václav Havel( Book )

23 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in French and Undetermined and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three Vaněk plays by Václav Havel( Book )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Redevelopment or, Slum clearance by Václav Havel( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

17 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 121 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
The view from Prague : the expectations of world leaders at the dawn of the 21st century by Václav Havel( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is the result of the Forum 2000 conferences initiated by Václav Havel and Elie Wiesel. The book is based mainly on the first five conferences which were held in Prague from 1997. The first essay written by Václav Havel deals with spiritual preconditions of the global survival of humankind, and the second one is the quintessence of Havel's views on the world which we have inherited as well as his views on our hopes for the future. The book closes with Havel's personal reflection on the deeper meaning and aim of the Forum 2000 meetings. Subsequent chapters analyze and interpret the ideas that were expressed by the speakers and interlocutors of the first five conferences in which they tried to identify and understand the primary issues facing mankind globally. Reflections deal with the main dimensions of globalization and with their synchronicities as well as asynchronicities based on the quintessences of the annual conference reports
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The art of the impossible : politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996
Alternative Names
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, Václau 1936-2011

Havel, Václav

Havel, Václav 1936-

Havel, Vaclav 1936-2011

Haveli, Vac'lav 1936-2011

Havelo, Václavo 1936-2011

Havels, V. 1936-2011

Havels, V. (Vāclavs), 1936-2011

Havels, Vāclavs 1936-2011

Haveru, Vatsurafu 1936-2011

Hawei'er, Wacilafu 1936-2011

Khavel, Vat︠s︡lav

Khavel, Vatslav 1936-2011

Václav Havel český dramatik, disident, prezident Česko-Slovenska a Česka

Václav Havel cseh drámaíró, politikus, előbb csehszlovák, majd cseh köztársasági elnök

Václav Havel disident, dramatik, esejista a prezident České republiky

Václav Havel dramaturge, essayiste et homme d'État tchécoslovaque puis tchèque

Václav Havel pisarz i prezydent Republiki Czeskiej

Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic

Václav Havel político, escritor y dramaturgo checo

Václav Havel scrittore, drammaturgo e politico ceco

Václav Havel tschechischer Schriftsteller und Politiker

Václav Havel tšekkiläinen kirjailija ja poliitikko

Václav Havel Tsjechisch schrijver

Václav Havel tsjekkisk forfattar og politikar

Václav Havel tsjekkisk forfatter og politiker

Vāclavs Havels

Vatslav Havel

Venceslaus Havel

Βάτσλαβ Χάβελ

Вацлав Гавел чешский писатель, драматург, диссидент, правозащитник и государственный деятель, президент Чехословакии (1989—1992), президент Чехии (1993—2003)

Вацлав Хавел

Вацлав Һавел

Вацлаў Гавел

Вацлаў Гавэл


Гавел, Вацлав 1936-2011

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האוול, ואצלב

ואצלב האוול

וואצלאוו האוועל

فاتسلاف هافيل

واتسلاف هاول

واتسلاو هاول

व्हात्स्लाफ हावेल

ভাকল্যাভ হ্যাভেল

வாக்லாவ் அவொல்

വക്ലാവ് ഹവേൽ

ვაცლავ ჰაველი

바츨라프 하벨

하벨, 바쯤라프 1936-2011

하벨, 바츨라프 1936-2011


ハヴェル, ヴァーツラフ

ハベル, バーツラフ



English (355)

German (70)

Czech (55)

French (43)

Spanish (13)

Polish (9)

Chinese (8)

Italian (6)

Korean (2)

Tagalog (2)

Chechen (1)

Dutch (1)

Largo desolato : a play in seven scenesThe memorandumThe Power of the powerless : citizens against the state in central-eastern EuropeVáclav Havel : living in truth : twenty-two essays published on the occasion of the award of the Erasmus Prize to Václav HavelTemptation : a play in ten scenesMoving parts : monologues from contemporary playsThe beggar's operaSummer meditations