Reading Václav Havel

Reading Václav Havel

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As a playwright, a dissident, and a politician, VAiclav Havel was one of the most important intellectual figures of the late twentieth century. Working in an extraordinary range of genres - poetry, plays, public letters, philosophical essays, and political speeches - he left behind a range of texts so diverse that scholars have had difficulty grappling with his oeuvre as a whole. In Reading VAiclav Havel, David S. Danaher approaches Havel's remarkable body of work holistically, focusing on the language, images, and ideas which appear and reappear in the many genres in which Havel wrote. Carefully reading the original Czech texts alongside their English versions, he exposes what in Havel's thought has been lost in translation. A passionate argument for Havel's continuing relevance, Reading VAiclav Havel is the first book to capture the fundamental unity of his vast literary legacy.include a broad range of writing, and Havela#39;s pre-1989 essays are no exception to this. ... In reflecting on the formal aspects of the essay as a genre, Aldous Huxley, the great English writer who was himself a ... The first kind of a€œpolea€ is the personal or autobiographical essay, in which the author uses a€œfragments of reflective autobiographya€ to view the world a€œthrough the keyhole of anecdote and description.

Title:Reading Václav Havel
Author: David S. Danaher
Publisher:University of Toronto Press - 2015-04-14

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