The Art of the Impossible

The Art of the Impossible

Politics as Morality in Practice : Speeches and Writings, 1990-1996

Book - 1997
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"Václav Havel, reluctant president of the Czech Republic, has inspired the global community by setting a standard of political vision and conduct rarely matched in this century" (Toronto Star). He now gives us a book of the most profound decency and simple eloquence. Would Canada, could Canada, ever elect a prime minister who had uttered the following? "Everything I encounter displays to me its absurd aspect first. I feel as though I am constantly lagging behind powerful, self-confident men, ...essentially hateful, deserving only mockery." Playwright and president Václav Havel seems, to some, an unlikely leader. Social activist and philosopher, Havel was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for his involvement in the Czech civil rights movement in 1979. Only a decade later, he was elected president. The Art of the Impossibleis a collection of Havel's most thought-provoking writings on such subjects as democracy, the phenomenon of hate, the role of the intellectual, and the state of our global civilization. Together they comprise an overall philosophy of responsible existence and ethical politics, unlike any other put forth this century, and which we sorely need.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676970494
0676970494
Branch Call Number: 943.7105092 Hav
943/.7105/092/Hav 3588mb 1
Characteristics: xix, 273 p.

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