Vaclav HavelA Political Tragedy in Six Acts



❰EPUB❯ ✺ Vaclav HavelA Political Tragedy in Six Acts Author John Keane – E17streets4all.co.uk This 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 viv This authorized biography of Havel based on Political Tragedy Epub ß 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 Vaclav HavelA PDF/EPUB or 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 HavelA Political Tragedy eBook ✓ 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.Vaclav HavelA Political Tragedy in Six Acts

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  • Hardcover
  • 544 pages
  • Vaclav HavelA Political Tragedy in Six Acts
  • John Keane
  • English
  • 23 February 2016
  • 9780465037193

10 thoughts on “Vaclav HavelA 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 CzechoslovakiaBorn 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 ie resisting the Communist regimeNo 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:

    Můj první kompletně přečtený životopis nějaké osobnosti a tedy i logicky první kompletně přečtený životopis prvního českého prezidenta Václava Havla A mám z něj poněkud rozporuplné myšlenkyZatímco začátek je velmi zajímavý doplňuje části života Havla o kterých nevím doplňuje historii jeho příbuzných a vše zasazuje do kontextu velmi historicky zajímavě popsaného tehdejšího Československa Spolu s tím jak v knize Havel stárne kniha začíná ztrácet svou zajímavost1 Viděl jsem několik dokumentů o Havlovi a v knize chybí docela dost informací co si pamatuji práce různé disidentské akce2 Kniha vždy něco načne ale nedokončí Jak skončily Havlovy milostné pletky a ovlivnily nějak události po roce 1989? Jak vypadalo hlasování v parlamentu o jeho prezidentství? Jak to bylo ke konci s Olgou? atd atp3 Někdy jsem si připadal že autor neví jaké nepodstatné informace vyřadit Něco jako když píšu seminárku a vynechám třetí čtení kdy odstraním balast jenže autor to neudělal4 Přijde mi že autor napřed zvolil název politická tragédie a pak na to nabaloval text poslední části Pak je možné číst o manipulaci kde se ale pořádně nedozvíme co tedy Havel opravdu manipuloval a zdrojem onoho označení je jeden člověk Máme zde kapitolu Selhání která ale nakonec vyzní že Olga byla se svou organizací velmi dobrá a šla jinou cestou než Havel atd atp5 Jak na začátku knihy kontextu přebývá není na škodu tak na konci velmi absentuje Informace o Havlově zapojení do Slovenské otázky nejsou doplněny informacemi o tom kdo opravdu Česko Slovensko rozdělil Otázka jeho návrhů v parlamentu absentuje informaci že šlo ještě o parlament starý který měl za dva týdny končit atd atp6 Otázka politologické teorie je rozhodně zajímavá ale v knize jí je tolik že někdy zbytečně zabraňuje pozornosti na samotného Havla a jeho životKniha je tak velmi zajímavá přináší nám nový pohled na Havla člověka ne Havla státníka ale připadá mi dosti nepřesvědčivá To co jsem si odnesl já je informace že i Havel je člověkem kterého politika změnila Sám se stal tím co ve všech svých hrách velmi dobře v knize rozebraných kritizoval mechanické zapojení se do rituálů postupů a dané společnosti Ztráta části osobnosti a přizpůsobování se organizaci Tedy Havel jako ve svých posledních letech prezidentství hlavní hrdina jedné z jeho kritických a absurdních her PS Protože jsem byl z knihy poněkud zmaten našel jsem si po přečtení tuto podrobnou a z politologického hlediska přesnou 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 many strengths 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 eually 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 playKeane'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 as than 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 eg 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 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 politicsculture 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 VH 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 was about the author's musings on political philosophy Havel sometimes seemed to be incidental

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