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  • Hardcover
  • 544 pages
  • Václav Havel: A Political Tragedy In Six Acts
  • John Keane
  • English
  • 01 June 2019
  • 0465037194

10 thoughts on “Václav Havel: A Political Tragedy In Six Acts

  1. says:

    An excellent, well written and easy to read biography of Vaclav Havel which plots his various manifestations from playboy to playwright, from playwright to dissident and from dissident to political prisoner and finally to president of Czechoslovakia.Born in 1936 Havel s life was one long chapter of attempting to live, while staying one jump ahead of various manifestations of the secret police During the 1980s his dissident activities caught up with him and he was arrested and sent to jail for An excellent, well written and easy to read biography of Vaclav Havel which plots his various manifestations from playboy to playwright, from playwright to dissident and from dissident to political prisoner and finally to president of Czechoslovakia.Born in 1936 Havel s life was one long chapter of attempting to live, while staying one jump ahead of various manifestations of the secret police During the 1980s his dissident activities caught up with him and he was arrested and sent to jail for an indefinite term Released five years later on the grounds of ill health he went back to doing what he was doing before he was arrested, i.e resisting the Communist regime.No man is a God, though Havel as president with almost unlimited powers in his initial period at the castle came close Sadly mortality claimed him and he had to accept the fact of his own death The impact had made upon the Czechs can be seen first hand as each anniversary of his death rolls around


  2. says:

    M j prvn kompletn p e ten ivotopis n jak osobnosti a tedy i logicky prvn kompletn p e ten ivotopis prvn ho esk ho prezidenta V clava Havla A m m z n j pon kud rozporupln my lenkyZat mco za tek je velmi zaj mav , dopl uje sti ivota Havla o kter ch nev m, dopl uje historii jeho p buzn ch a v e zasazuje do kontextu velmi historicky zaj mav popsan ho tehdej ho eskoslovenska Spolu s t m, jak v knize Havel st rne, kniha za n ztr cet svou zaj mavost.1 Vid l jsem n kolik d M j prvn kompletn p e ten ivotopis n jak osobnosti a tedy i logicky prvn kompletn p e ten ivotopis prvn ho esk ho prezidenta V clava Havla A m m z n j pon kud rozporupln my lenkyZat mco za tek je velmi zaj mav , dopl uje sti ivota Havla o kter ch nev m, dopl uje historii jeho p buzn ch a v e zasazuje do kontextu velmi historicky zaj mav popsan ho tehdej ho eskoslovenska Spolu s t m, jak v knize Havel st rne, kniha za n ztr cet svou zaj mavost.1 Vid l jsem n kolik dokument o Havlovi a v knize chyb docela dost informac , co si pamatuji pr ce, r zn disidentsk akce.2 Kniha v dy n co na ne, ale nedokon Jak skon ily Havlovy milostn pletky a ovlivnily n jak ud losti po roce 1989 Jak vypadalo hlasov n v parlamentu o jeho prezidentstv Jak to bylo ke konci s Olgou atd atp.3 N kdy jsem si p ipadal, e autor nev , jak nepodstatn informace vy adit N co jako kdy p u semin rku a vynech m t et ten , kdy odstran m balast, jen e autor to neud lal.4 P ijde mi, e autor nap ed zvolil n zev politick trag die a pak na to nabaloval text posledn sti Pak je mo n st o manipulaci, kde se ale po dn nedozv me, co tedy Havel opravdu manipuloval a zdrojem onoho ozna en je jeden lov k M me zde kapitolu Selh n , kter ale nakonec vyzn , e Olga byla se svou organizac velmi dobr a la jinou cestou ne Havel atd atp.5 Jak na za tku knihy kontextu p eb v nen na kodu , tak na konci velmi absentuje Informace o Havlov zapojen do Slovensk ot zky nejsou dopln ny informacemi o tom, kdo opravdu esko Slovensko rozd lil Ot zka jeho n vrh v parlamentu absentuje informaci, e lo je t o parlament star , kter m l za dva t dny kon it atd atp.6 Ot zka politologick teorie je rozhodn zaj mav , ale v knize j je tolik, e n kdy zbyte n zabra uje pozornosti na samotn ho Havla a jeho ivot.Kniha je tak velmi zaj mav , p in n m nov pohled na Havla lov ka ne Havla st tn ka , ale p ipad mi dosti nep esv d iv To co jsem si odnesl j , je informace, e i Havel je lov kem, kter ho politika zm nila S m se stal t m, co ve v ech sv ch hr ch velmi dob e v knize rozebran ch kritizoval mechanick zapojen se do ritu l , postup a dan spole nosti Ztr ta sti osobnosti a p izp sobov n se organizaci Tedy Havel jako ve sv ch posledn ch letech prezidentstv hlavn hrdina jedn z jeho kritick ch a absurdn ch her PS Proto e jsem byl z knihy pon kud zmaten, na el jsem si po p e ten tuto podrobnou a z politologick ho hlediska p esnou recenzi K tomu, co jsem si myslel mi doplnila docela dost


  3. says:

    The weaknesses a bit too long Also some might find the ending, the fact that actually governing is harder than criticizing a government, fairly predictable I think the book has manystrengths, among them Even though you can anticipate the ending, like a Shakespeare tragedy, you want to see how it plays out, and the author does this fairly well I really enjoyed the sections on Havel s plays and their relation to his ideas I had always assumed that a political play must be deathl The weaknesses a bit too long Also some might find the ending, the fact that actually governing is harder than criticizing a government, fairly predictable I think the book has manystrengths, among them Even though you can anticipate the ending, like a Shakespeare tragedy, you want to see how it plays out, and the author does this fairly well I really enjoyed the sections on Havel s plays and their relation to his ideas I had always assumed that a political play must be deathly boring, but apparently not Havel s I found thought provoking Havel s ideas of socialism that socialism is not a perversion of western ideals, but the logical conclusion of them Havel s idea of institutions as detrimental to democracy run completely counter to our own where we see institutions as protecting democracy Being a good American, I disagree with Havel the author, a good Brit, does the same as the conclusion of his ideas inevitably means some kind of personal rule that could be just as bad but I had not considered his argument before That said, Havel s semi cavalier approach to state power in general was refreshing He may have been a bit autocratic, but he was not stuffed shirt


  4. says:

    This is as biography should be concerned equally with the lives of people and the ideas that give their lives meaning Often it leans hard on those ideas, dropping out of narrative in favor of explications of theories of power and the individual But this is necessary, because without that context, even a life like Havel s is only a dull play.Keane s writing is energetic and personal, but extremely focused, setting a tone for some of the best writing on Communism in history that I have ever rea This is as biography should be concerned equally with the lives of people and the ideas that give their lives meaning Often it leans hard on those ideas, dropping out of narrative in favor of explications of theories of power and the individual But this is necessary, because without that context, even a life like Havel s is only a dull play.Keane s writing is energetic and personal, but extremely focused, setting a tone for some of the best writing on Communism in history that I have ever read The Czechoslovakian regime is accurately and memorably realized asthan a series of faceless villainies, but a systemic antagonist And the nature of Havel s opposition to the regime is similarly fleshed out, so that we get a fuller sense of what he stoid for, and not merely what he stood against


  5. says:

    An odd biography Not really of artistic significance unfortunately, but oddly structured, often opinionated, not at all academic, critical without being sensational or ideological It does an especially good job with the dissident milieu, and a decent job with Havel s philosophy, although not enough with its origins e.g., very little about Masaryk or Capek but Havel confesses that he was a devotee of Masaryk in ethics, and liked Capek s interest in the heroism of everyday life and that indivi An odd biography Not really of artistic significance unfortunately, but oddly structured, often opinionated, not at all academic, critical without being sensational or ideological It does an especially good job with the dissident milieu, and a decent job with Havel s philosophy, although not enough with its origins e.g., very little about Masaryk or Capek but Havel confesses that he was a devotee of Masaryk in ethics, and liked Capek s interest in the heroism of everyday life and that individuals comprise many potential selves


  6. says:

    I read this book a couple years ago for my Senior Theatre Seminar class in college The class was centered around Havel and his work in Political Theatre This book became sort of the cornerstone of our class discussions and was a great resource for putting Havel s plays into historical context Although I m not usually a fan of biographical works, I do find Havel s life fascinating It s definitely not a book for everyone, but I would recommend this book to anyone studying Theatre History or an I read this book a couple years ago for my Senior Theatre Seminar class in college The class was centered around Havel and his work in Political Theatre This book became sort of the cornerstone of our class discussions and was a great resource for putting Havel s plays into historical context Although I m not usually a fan of biographical works, I do find Havel s life fascinating It s definitely not a book for everyone, but I would recommend this book to anyone studying Theatre History or anyone interested in Havel or his work


  7. says:

    This was a very long informative book To get through it you really need to have a special interest in Czech politics culture and history Although there were a lot of references I didn t understand and I did have to re read a lot of pages it definitely gave me some insight into the lifestyle and mentality of the times in Czechoslovakia I will say that there are some parts of the book the drag but overall I enjoyed it


  8. says:

    Some facts of the book are impossible to check or to know The format of the book is very long, dense and complicated but nevertheless a very insightful look into the life of the remarkable Vaclav Havel I guess V.H himself would find this book a little not so true


  9. says:

    This has been at my bedside to start for a while Format is interesting for a bio, makes it go down on easy to swallow chunks Well researched.


  10. says:

    A lot of the time, it felt like it wasabout the author s musings on political philosophy Havel sometimes seemed to be incidental.


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Václav Havel: A Political Tragedy In Six ActsThis Authorized Biography Of Havel, Based On Unrestricted Access To Him, His Circle, And Even His Enemies, Is The First Definitive Account Of One Of The Great Moral And Political Leaders Of Our Time, A Vivid Portrait Of The Tumultuous Events Of This Century Begun As European Colonialism Was Dying And Fascism Gripped The Continent, Havel S Life Has Been Shaped And Determined By The Large Political Shifts Of The Century World War II, The Drawing Of The Iron Curtain, The Prague Spring, The Fall Of Communism, And The Emerging Democracies Of The Eastern Bloc Readers Will Be Surprised To Discover Many Things Hitherto Unknown About Havel They Will Taste The Moments Of Joy, Irony, Farce, And Misfortune Through Which He Has Lived Above All, They Will Discover Something That Both His Critics And Supporters Should Never Forget Havel Taught The World About The Powerful And The Powerless, Power Grabbing And Power Sharing, Than Virtually Any Of His Twentieth Century Rivals


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