Vaclav Havel (and thanks for having me back)

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  1. Ken Rhodes says:

    I am very interested to see your writing about Havel. He was a hero, for sure. But I doubt that people have only a “vague idea” that Havel was important in the collapse of East European totalitarianism.

    The man was the last President of Czechoslovakia and the first President of the Czech Republic, an office he held for over a decade. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. etc., etc., etc. I don’t think he was somebody about whom we have only a vague notion of importance.

    When you write “people tend not to get past [his biography] to his actual writing,” if you are referring to his playwriting, you are likely correct, and that’s a shame. However, his actual writing also includes some important books that I suspect are well known and well appreciated.

  2. Mark Edwards says:

    You may be right, Ken — I certainly hope so. But I need some excuse for writing about him, so maybe assuming others don’t much about him is just a useful ploy. :)

  3. Thanks Mark, I very much look forward to more on Havel!