Václav Havel was, perhaps, the first hip (as opposed to ‘hipster’) president. A playwright, poet, and political dissident, he ended up as the first president of a free Czechoslovakia, and helped steer the ‘Velvet Divorce‘ which saw the country’s peaceful dissolution into the current states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
He was an ardent anti-Communist, humanitarian, and friend and fan of men as disparate as Frank Zappa and Ronald Reagan. Perhaps now is a great time for an American audience to see what a friend we had in Václav.
Marci Shore reviews the biography here, courtesy of the New York Times.
2 thoughts on “[Literature] ‘Havel: A Life,’ by Michael Zantovsky”
This post is splendid. Did he deserve your honor!!! Such an amazing, courageous man!
So well done, and the links.
I’m thinking of his friend, Lou Reed!
Can you imagine a revolution named after the Velvet Underground? Amazing!!
A happy new year, my friend, to you and the family.