The powerlessness of the powerful
The Times Literary Supplement
30 - 31 p.
This new biography, written by Michael Zantovsky, the current Czech ambassador to the Court of St James’s, tries to avoid both traps. A sympathetic, well-documented and highly readable account, it reveals, beyond the contrasts and paradoxes, the deeper connections and continuities between Havel’s three successive incarnations: as playwright in the 1960s, dissident in the 1970s and 80s, and President in the 1990s...