Synopses & Reviews
Vaclav Havel -- dissident, human rights activist, essayist, philosopher, politician, founder and president of the Czech Republic - is known throughout the world as a hero of the human rights movement and martyr for the right to write (he was imprisoned many times under communism in his country). But few of us in the West know that he is also his country's most famous dramatist. This book tells the dramatic story of his life in the theater during three dark decades under communism, and the extreme risks that he and many otheres took to put on his plays. A unique interweaving of the influences of politics and theater revealed in a spellbinding narrative of the life of Vaclav Havel during Czechoslovakia's struggle for freedom.