He describes the circumstances surrounding the wri The power of the powerless Translated by Paul Wilson, "The Power of the Powerless" has appeared several times in English, foremost in The Power of the Powerless: Citizens Against the State in Central-Eastern Europe, edited by John Keane, with an Introduction by Steven Lukes (London Politics and Conscience In an author's note, Havel writes, "This speech was written for the University of Toulouse, where I would have delivered it on receiving an honorary doctorate, had I attended...:' Havel, of course, had no passport and could not travel abroad.
At the cerem Anatomy of a Reticence Anatomy of a Reticence (April 1985) was written, according to a note by the author, "to be delivered at a peace conference in Amsterdam, in my absence; and for an international collection of essays on European identity being prepared by the Suhrkamp publi Stories and Totalitarianism Stories and Totalitarianism (April 1987) was written for the underground cultural journal Jednou nohu (Revolver Review), and dedicated to Ladislav Hejdánek on his seventieth birthday.
Many of Havel’s plays were highly critical of the totalitarian state’s oppression of individual liberties.
During the Prague Spring, a 1968 reform movement led by Alexander Dubcˇ ek, Havel played an important role.
As a member of a former bourgeois family in a communist regime, Havel was denied privileges, including education.
In order to finish high school he had to enroll in night school while supporting himself as a lab assistant.
Václav Havel is a Czech dramatist, journalist, essayist, and former president of Czechoslovakia (1989–92) and of the Czech Republic (1993–2003).
Havel was born in Prague in 1936 to a prosperous family.
After his mandatory military service Havel worked first at the ABC Theater and then at the Theater on the Ballustrade, well known for experimental theater.
Here, in the 1960s, Havel gained acclaim as a leader in the theater of the absurd in Czechoslovakia.