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Description - To the Castle and Back by Vaclav Havel

This is the paperback edition of the intimate final memoirs from the great dissident-turned-politician who, along with Walesa and Gorbachev, will always be an icon of the magnificent, bloodless collapse of Soviet Bloc Communism.As president first of Czechoslovakia and then of the nascent Czech Republic, Havel led central Europe out of communism and into the twenty-first century before stepping down 5 years ago, in February 2003. In this illuminating memoir, he recollects his thirteen years at Prague Castle during this pivotal period, writing with wit, charm and candour about the peculiar life of a statesman and his lack of readiness for the surreal challenges of governing a young democracy, as well as reflecting on the future of the EU and the reach of the American superpower, and explaining why he has come to believe the war in Iraq is a fiasco. And then there are the personal revelations, as he speaks for the first time about his battle with lung cancer, the death of his first wife, Olga, and the controversy that has dogged his relationship with his second wife. Infused with characteristic humour, "To the Castle and Back" is an engaging self-portrait of one of the most important figures of our time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781846271380
ISBN-10: 184627138X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Portobello Books Ltd
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Vaclav Havel

VACLAV HAVEL was born in Czechoslovakia in 1936. His plays have been produced around the world, and he is the author of many influential essays and speeches on totalitarianism, dissent and democratic renewal. He was a founding spokesman for Charter 77, and served as president of the Czech Republic until 2003. He lives in Prague.

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