Search Results: "Vaclav Havel"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 24, 1993

"Haphazard hagiography that portrays Havel as a latter-day good King Wenceslaus. (Photographs—16 pp.—not seen)"
The story of V†clav Havel bears retelling in almost any form- -which is just as well, since his official biographer, a fellow dissident in the long struggle to free their country from communism, has taken full advantage of poetic license to cast her subject as the protagonist of a morality play. Read full book review >

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SUMMER MEDITATIONS by Vaclav Havel
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1992

"Worldly-wise pensÇes from an intellectual who's as comfortable and effective on the hustings as in an ivory tower."
More pieces of Havel's lively, subtle mind. Read full book review >

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HAVEL by Michael Zantovsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Zantovsky brings an intimate perspective to this impressive biography of a man and history of a beleaguered nation."
An insightful biography of the unlikely leader of the Velvet Revolution. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 29, 1997

"Rather than resting on his plentiful laurels—many of these speeches follow the bestowal of some great honor—Havel argues that accepting personal responsibility requires accepting responsibility for improving the world as well as oneself."
A collection by the playwright turned politician that will leave American readers wondering what it would be like to have a perceptive and honest intellectual as president. Read full book review >

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OPEN LETTERS by Vaclav Havel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 1991

"A fitting tribute to a cultural and political hero, and a valuable resource for anyone seeking reassurance that the principles of democracy are still cherished in our time."
An inspiring collection of essays, interviews, and letters, several of which have never been published in English, from the erudite, uncompromising Havel, taking the full measure of his humanism and democratic spirit. Read full book review >

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TO THE CASTLE AND BACK by Vaclav Havel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2007

"An illuminating memoir by an admirable writer and leader."
The noted Czech dramatist and politician turns in a "strange little book" recounting his years in office. Read full book review >

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VACLAV & LENA by Haley Tanner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2011

"A terrific, enlightened debut that captures the fervor that hides in naïveté."
A pair of young Russian immigrants, each desperately infatuated with the other, are parted and reunited in Brighton Beach. Read full book review >

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AN ADJUNCT DOWN by Harvey Havel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"An absorbing novel of destructive love, false friends, and the cruelty of fate."
An adjunct professor falls prey to addiction. Read full book review >

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The Thruway Killers by Harvey Havel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 2015

"Police chases and social commentary come together in this rollicking murder story about an affluent family torn apart by greed, prejudice, and its own foibles."
A killer and his girlfriend go on the run from the FBI in this crime novel. Read full book review >

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The Orphan of Mecca by Harvey Havel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A suspenseful romance between a Hindu and a Muslim, and a nerve-racking historical tale."
An ambitious novel presents a tragic story of love and strife during Bangladesh's Liberation War. Read full book review >