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Havel, Václav

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The view from Prague : the expectations of world leaders at the dawn of the 21st century by Václav Havel( )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,820 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
The Power of the powerless : citizens against the state in central-eastern Europe by Václav Havel( )

45 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Published simultaneously as vol. XV, no. 3-4, of International journal of politics"--T.p. verso. The power of the powerless / Václav Havel -- Spiritual values, independent initiatives, and politics / Rudolf Battéek -- Catholicism and politics / Václav Benda -- On the question of Chartism / Václav Cerný -- The human rights movement and social progress / Jirí Hájek -- Prospects for democracy and socialism in eastern Europe / Ladislav Hejdánek -- Chartism and "real socialism" / Miroslav Kusý -- Who really is isolated? / Jirí Ruml -- The alternative community as revolutionary avant-garde / Petr Uhl -- Thoughts inside a tightly-corked bottle / Josef Vohryzek -- On not living in hatred / Josef Zvéerina -- Appendix, Charter 77 Declaration
The art of the impossible : politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996 by Václav Havel( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 964 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 )

14 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and German and held by 945 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 3 languages and held by 880 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( )

5 editions published between 1985 and 2018 in English and held by 787 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
Spontaneous mind : selected interviews, 1958-1996 by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The interviews collected in Spontaneous Mind, chronologically arranged and in some cases previously unpublished, were conducted throughout Allen Ginsberg's long career. Always a candid and engaging subject, Ginsberg considered the interview an art form, as well as an opportunity to get his message across to many people, which, as a student of Eastern religions, he believed was his spiritual obligation. In these interviews, dating from the late 1950s to the mid-1990s, Ginsberg speaks frankly about his life, his work, and the events of his time." "Ginsberg's progressive and controversial views on politics and censorship dominate his interviews, from his conversation with the conservative William F. Buckley on PBS to his comments in the Dartmouth Review about U.S. policy in Central America to his testimony at the Chicago Seven trial. Ginsberg discusses his literary influences, including Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman, and William Blake, and offers insights into his own poetry, particularly his innovations in rhythm, meter, and syllable emphasis. A well-known experimenter with drugs, campaigner for their legalization, and believer in their ability to expand consciousness, Ginsberg here describes his LSD trips and his marijuana highs, and explains how they influenced the creation of "Kaddish" and other works. And he talks about his personal life with candor, revealing details of his sexual affairs with fellow Beats Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Neal Cassady, and his longtime relationship with Peter Orlovsky."--Jacket
Temptation : a play in ten scenes by Václav Havel( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 713 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 by Nina Shengold( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 125 monologues by Mamet, Shepard, August Wilson, and others
Economics of good and evil : the quest for economic meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street by Tomáš Sedláček( )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author radically rethinks the field of economics, challenging our assumptions about the world. Economics is touted as a science, a value-free mathematical inquiry, but Sedlacek sees it as a cultural phenomenon, a product of our civilization. To grasp the beliefs underlying economics, he breaks out of the field's confines and explores myths, religion, theology, philosophy, psychology, literature, and film
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 )

22 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The beggar's opera by Václav Havel( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and Czech and held by 454 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 )

47 editions published between 1991 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a book written while he was president of Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel combines the same powerful eloquence, moral passion, and abiding wisdom that informed his writings as a dissident and playwright, with a candor unprecedented from one with the broad perspective and infinite responsibility of governing a country. Havel, now president of the Czech Republic, addresses the legacy of Communism as the euphoria of the Velvet Revolution gives way to a more problematic reality. Yet even as a he grapples with the challenges of political change, he affirms his belief in a politics motivated by moral responsibility; in an economy tempered by compassion; and in the central roles of art and culture in the transformation of society. Summer Meditations is not only a timely and necessary testament of events in Eastern Europe but a profound reflection upon the nature and practice of politics and a stirring call for morality, civility, and openness in public life throughout the world
Open letters : selected writings, 1965-1990 by Václav Havel( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 388 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
Versuch, in der Wahrheit zu leben by Václav Havel( Book )

56 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 273 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.)
Beyond hate( Visual )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 231 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
Between thought and expression : selected lyrics of Lou Reed by Lou Reed( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The garden party by Václav Havel( Book )

20 editions published between 1963 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the sky's clayey bottom : sketches and happenings from the years of silence by Zdeněk Urbánek( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unerring grasp of life's absurdity marks him as one of Europe's contemporary masters. In these 36 stories, Urbanek's Prague, like Joyce's Dublin, is rendered in exquisite particularity, image by image--from the State Security agent in his "green-gray plastic raincoat," or the old woman leaning against the whitewashed wall of her house at noon mourning the deaths of loved ones to the point of insanity, to the drab apartment of a young couple that have recently committed
Essais politiques by Václav Havel( Book )

23 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in French and Undetermined and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jeté malgré lui dans la politique par l'oppression de son pays, Václav Havel n'a cessé de réfléchir, depuis plus de vingt ans, à la nature de cette oppression et d'en dénoncer les effets. L'intérêt de ces essais vient avant tout de la qualité des analyses et de la profondeur de la réflexion. La «Lettre ouverte à G. Husak» est un véritable «J'accuse» contre la dictature communiste ; l'adresse à un congrès pacifiste ou le discours à l'université de Toulouse sont l'occasion de réflexions plus générales ; «Le pouvoir des sans-pouvoir» est une méditation sur la signification de la «dissidence». L'unité de contenu est cependant réelle, car Havel s'adresse à trois sortes d'interlocuteurs : aux responsables de la dictature communiste, à ses concitoyens et aussi à nous, Occidentaux
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The view from Prague : the expectations of world leaders at the dawn of the 21st century
The Power of the powerless : citizens against the state in central-eastern EuropeThe art of the impossible : politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996Largo desolato : a play in seven scenesThe memorandumThe Power of the powerless : citizens against the state in central-eastern EuropeSpontaneous mind : selected interviews, 1958-1996Temptation : a play in ten scenesMoving parts : monologues from contemporary plays
Alternative Names
Chavel, Vaclav 1936-2011

Gavel, Vaclav 1936-2011

Gavel, Vat?s︡lav

Gavel, Vátslav

Gavel, Vatslav 1936-2011

Haei̕er, Wacilafu 1936-2011

Hapel, Pačchŭllapchŭ 1936-2011


Havel, Pavel

Havel, V. 1936-2011

Havel, Václau 1936-2011

Havel Vaclav

Havel, Václav 1936-

Havel, Vaclav 1936-2011

Havelas Vaclavas

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, Vat?s︡lav

Khavel, Vátslav

Khavel, Vatslav 1936-2011

Václav Havel

Václav Havel čěski spisowaćel, disident a politikar

Václav Havel český dramatik, disident, prezident Česko-Slovenska a 1. prezident Českej republiky

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, former dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic (1936-2011)

Václav Havel político, escritor y dramaturgo checo

Václav Havel scrittore, drammaturgo e politico ceco

Václav Havel tjeckisk dramatiker, Tjeckoslovakiens och Tjeckiens president

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

VH, 1936-2011

Βάτσλαβ Χάβελ

Вацлав Гавел чеський драматург, останній президент Чехословаччини (1989—1992) і перший президент Чехії (1993—2003)

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

Вацлав Хавел чешки писател, драматург, правозащитник и политик

Вацлав Һавел

Вацлаў Гавел чэшскі дзяржаўны, грамадскі і культуры дзеяч

Вацлаў Гавэл


Гавел Вацлав

Гавел, Вацлав 1936-2011

Гавэл Вацлаў

Վացլավ Հավել

Վացլաւ Հաւել

האוול, ואצלב

ואצלב האוול הנשיא הראשון של צ'כיה. מחזאי וסופר

וואצלאוו האוועל

فاتسلاف هافيل

فاتسلاف هافيل، 1936-2011

هافيل، فاتسلاف، 1936-2011

واتسلاف هاول

واتسلاو هاول سیاست‌مدار اهل جمهوری چک

واسلاو هاول

ڤاتسلاو هاول

वैक्लेव हैवेल

व्हात्स्लाफ हावेल

ভাকল্যাভ হ্যাভেল

ਵਾਸਲਾਵ ਹਾਵੇਲ

வாக்லாவ் அவொல்

വക്ലാവ് ഹവേൽ

วาตสลัฟ ฮาเวล

ვაცლავ ჰაველი

바츨라프 하벨

하벨, 바쯤라프 1936-2011

하벨, 바츨라프 1936-2011

하빌, 바출라흐 1936-2011


ハヴェル, ヴァーツラフ

ハベル, バーツラフ



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