Vaclav Havel Havel was elected president beforeDisturbing the Peace was translated into English, and Paul Wilson, the translator, tried hard to persuade. Disturbing the Peace: A Conversation with Karel Hvížďala. Front Cover. Václav I became an admirer of Vaclav Havel after reading his play the Memorandum. J Am Acad Psychoanal. Summer;26(2) Vaclav Havel: one man disturbing the peace. Theodore ME(1). Author information: (1)Department of.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. An intimate history of Czechoslovakia under communism; a meditation on the social and political role of art, and a triumphant statement of the values underlying all the recent revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe.
Paperbackpages. Published April 3rd by Vintage first published Das politische Buch To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Disturbing the Peaceplease sign up. What are some other good sources about the Velvet Revolution and Karel Hvizd’ala? See 1 question about Disturbing the Peace…. Lists with This Book. Czech writer Vaclav Havel found a cause he was willing to die for. Disturbing the Peace is his story of how he came to that cause and what happened.
He was arrested in January and held until May He was next Czech writer Vaclav Havel found a cause he was willing to die for. He was next arrest was in May and was imprisoned for four years.
Vaclav Havel was elected President of Czechoslovakia in Decembersix years after being released from prison. Disturbing the Peacein his own words, covers his writing and dissident life until age The book is very personal and written in a conversational tone. It is from written and audio taped interviews conducted in He does not consider himself a socialist peacs a Christian.
Others have on occasion labeled him an anti-communist and Catholic. He speaks of a higher power. Havel is an intellectual but the book is quite accessible. He believes in collective action and personal responsibility. He reaches the community organizer part of me with his telling of strategic thinking and action as well as doing the right thing without an expectation idsturbing immediate benefit.
He seeks incremental change. Havel describes himself vacav simply disturbiing the top of his website: We hear the thinking of a person who is part of nonviolent resistance in Czechoslovakia. He was a banned writer in the s but still releasing material outside of the country.
A significant player in the Charter 77 movement, Havel put his writing skills to use for social change and betterment. He talks about his plays and being a writer as well as his role with mixed feelings in the Writers Union when the government granted and denied publication rights. Havel identified himself as part of the Beatles generation.
Disturbing the Peace takes us through the 60s and Prague Spring, the 70s and the 80s. I was fascinated that we were getting the view of history from the man who would be elected President of the country just three years after the book was being written.
But Havel, in my mind, creates a personal and inside look by focusing on the issues and tactics rather than the personalities. The book was originally written in Czech vacav the English reader is at some disadvantage. My lack of knowledge about Czech history and culture meant there were many opportunities to expand my limited knowledge. Disturbing the Peace is easily available used online.
Disturbing the Peace: A Conversation with Karel Hvížďala
May 31, Nick rated it really liked it. I most likely would never have read this book if it hadn’t been given to me as a gift. I have never seen or read any of Havel’s plays, have spent all of 3 days in the Czech Republic, and hhavel of the Prague Spring primarily through Kundera’s Unbearable Lightness of Being and Stoppard’s Rock and Roll –I basically have no strong connection to Havel and had never even heard of this book.
Disturbing the Peace is, however, quite a wonderful read. Havel, who says so himself at the end of the book, vaclsv a I most likely would never have read this book if it hadn’t been given to me as a gift. Havel, who says so himself at the end of the book, had a pretty entertaining life: Absurdist playwright, political dissenter, prisoner, president.
While Havel filled the last role after the book was published, the first three provide quite enough to bring a certain excitement to the work.
Yet the events themselves aren’t what makes this book special. Rather, it is Havel’s personality that brings the book its uniqueness. While not quite a true autobiography–the book is one long interview between Havel and a friend–Havel is very open about his feelings and thoughts. He comes off as a very good man, one who wasn’t bombastic or aggressive, but rather one who stood up for his beliefs and his friends. He actively pursued what was right but was never sanctimonious about it.
His disurbing is quite extensive; I vwclav like to see an American president talk with the same candor about his own foibles as Havel does. I’m not going to say that book is explosive or exhilarating–there are a number of boring patches. But knowing that such a person like Havel exists and succeeded is inspiring.
He wasn’t some kind of Ghandi superhero but he still managed to help bring down a repressive regime. You finish reading the book not just wishing there were more Havels in the world but thinking maybe I can do more with my own life.
Apr 04, Tuck rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 29, Bryan rated it liked it Shelves: Havel was a playwright originally, before he became involved in opposition groups, so the book covered both his ideas on theater and his ideas on humanity.
The interview was conducted before the ‘Velvet Revolution’ and before Havel was vaulted into the presidency by popular acclaim. My feelings about this book were complex–or maybe I should say my feelings about Havel are. Number one, here is a fellow that stood up for what he believed was right, at distufbing time when you could literally get shot for it.
I think he is one of the 20th century’s heroes, one that is probably not as well known in the U. That’s doesn’t take away anything from these two figures in my mind. Writing before the realities of governing took over his life, Havel’s opinions on the state of the world and what’s possible in it come across as hopeful, but I felt as though he suspected they would not come to pass. They didn’t or haven’t yetbut not for the reasons Havel suspected and it would have taken more than a mere Nostrodamus to see beforehand why not.
First of all, the interview was conducted before the fall of the Berlin Wall, but when Gorbachev was already in power. In those early days of Glasnost, I don’t think anyone expected events to proceed as quickly as they did, and I don’t really think Havel had any inkling the world was going to completely upend in less than three years.
Because he couldn’t foresee that, I think he felt as though the possibilities he saw in mankind or at least in his corner of the world would not come to pass because communism wasn’t going to pass. The reality, I think, is much more depressing. The potential he saw didn’t blossom because society is still made up of people.
Essentially, he was saying–if we remove this one thing, this plague of totalitarianism, then it’ll be like mankind taking its light out from peacr a vacllav. I think that was a very popular belief. Heck, I believed it.
Vaclav Havel: one man disturbing the peace.
A quarter of a century later, the results seem different somehow. That’s probably simplistic, and I think there is more to Havel than that–as I said, I think he was one of the genuine heroes of the century. But sometimes I wonder if mankind doesn’t need these monolithic structures that it creates in order to set itself in opposition to them, and thereby exploit its potentials to the fullest; in art, in philosophies, in humanity.
Remove the challenge, and rather than a utopia, we seem like rudderless navel-gazers. Was the 90’s a great leap forward in the world, or did we obsess about Monica Lewinsky and O. I’d like to read a more complete overview of Havel’s life and career, and some of his plays as well, but this served as an interesting side note, and at the same time, helped me to understand a little bit better about how I see the world Dec 22, Adam rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a pretty stunning historical document.
Havel published it DIY, then it became the first samizdat book to be published in the free Czechoslovakia. On of the best themes he explores here is that an artistic sense of the absurd allows one to maintain a peacf of distance necessary to respond politically: I reply that they are only two sides of the same coin.
Without the constantly living and articulated experience of absurdity, there would be no reason to vavlav to do something meaningful. His hope partly stems from his own sense of the spiritual. But it also emanates from his faith in civil society: His brave discussion of suicide underscores how intentional of a life he led and how much he lived by hope.
Ed told me to read this book around 11 years ago. I finally got around to it last distubring, and just wrote up this review a year later… Thanks Ed! Mar 27, Mike Schneider rated it really liked it. Havel is quite a guy.