The Resource The art of the impossible : politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996, by Václav Havel ; translated from the Czech by Paul Wilson and others

The art of the impossible : politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996, by Václav Havel ; translated from the Czech by Paul Wilson and others

Label
The art of the impossible : politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996
Title
The art of the impossible
Title remainder
politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996
Statement of responsibility
by Václav Havel ; translated from the Czech by Paul Wilson and others
Creator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • cze
  • eng
Summary
  • There is no shortage of politicians who make a habit of shooting from the hip, but it is much rarer to find one who speaks from the heart. Vaclav Havel knows no other way to speak, or to write. Both as a dissident and as a playwright it was his sworn purpose for many years to combat evil with nothing but truth. As president of Czechoslovakia, and now of the Czech Republic, he has clung to that habit, refusing to turn over either his conscience or his voice to political handlers and professional speech-writers. Instead he assumes the additional burden - for him, it is a distinct pleasure - of composing all of his oratory
  • This volume consists of thirty-five of these essays, written between the years 1990 and 1996, that manage to be both profoundly personal and profoundly political. Havel writes of totalitarianism, its miseries and the nonetheless difficult emergence from it. He describes how his country and the other post-communist countries are learning democracy from scratch and are encountering obstacles from inside and out. He marvels at the single technology-driven civilization that envelops the globe, and the challenges this presents to multicultural realities. And he reminds us that - contrary to all appearances - common sense, moderation, responsibility, good taste, feeling, instinct, and conscience are not alien to politics, but are the very key to its long-term success
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Havel, Václav
Index
index present
LC call number
DB2238.H38
LC item number
A5 1997
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Czech Republic
  • Czech Republic
  • Tschechische Republik
  • Political ethics
  • Citizenship
  • Post-communism
  • Truth
  • Responsibility
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Morale politique
  • Citizenship
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Political ethics
  • Post-communism
  • Responsibility
  • Truth
  • Politiek
  • Ethische aspecten
  • Democratisering
  • Politische Ethik
  • Aufsatzsammlung
Label
The art of the impossible : politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996, by Václav Havel ; translated from the Czech by Paul Wilson and others
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Many of the selections in this work were first published in the Czech Republic as part of Toward a civil society in 1994 and other selections were originally published in different forms in numerous magazines
  • Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xix, 273 pages
Isbn
9780679451068
Lccn
96052262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36066095
  • (OCoLC)ocm36066095
Label
The art of the impossible : politics as morality in practice : speeches and writings, 1990-1996, by Václav Havel ; translated from the Czech by Paul Wilson and others
Publication
Note
  • Many of the selections in this work were first published in the Czech Republic as part of Toward a civil society in 1994 and other selections were originally published in different forms in numerous magazines
  • Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xix, 273 pages
Isbn
9780679451068
Lccn
96052262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)36066095
  • (OCoLC)ocm36066095

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