Reading Václav Havel

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University of Toronto Press, 2015 - Czech literature - 270 pages
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As a playwright, a dissident, and a politician, V clav 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 V clav 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 V clav Havel is the first book to capture the fundamental unity of his vast literary legacy.

 

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Contents

Approaches to Reading Havel
3
Havels Genres
17
The Weirdness of Havels Plays
74
The World in Existential Crisis
138
Translating Havels Keywords
174
Havels Legacy as Appeal
216
Notes
223
Bibliography
253
Index
263
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About the author (2015)

David S. Danaher is a professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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