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15 Jan 2008 00:00 - 00:00

Vaclav Havel: To the Castle and Back

The first new book in 17 years from the great dissident-turned-politician, who along with Walesa and Gorbachev will always be an icon of the magnificent, bloodless collapse of Soviet Bloc Communism.


As president of Czechoslovakia and of the nascent Czech Republic, Havel led central Europe out of communism and into the twenty-first century before stepping down in 2003. Here, he recollects his thirteen years at Prague Castle, writing with wit, charm and candour about the peculiar life of a statesman and his lack of readiness for the surreal challenges of governing a young democracy, as well as reflecting on the future of the EU and the reach of the American superpower, and explaining  why he has come to believe the war in Iraq is a fiasco. And than there are the personal revelations, as he speaks for the first time about his battle with lung cancer, the death of his first wife, Olga, an the controversy that has dogged his relationship with  his second wife, the Czech actress Dagmar Veskrnova. Infused with characteristic humour, To the Castle and Back is an engaging self-portrait of one of the most important figures of our time.



Published by Portobello Books

Translated by Paul Wilson

ISBN 9781846271373

Published: January 2008



30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


15 Jan 2008 00:00 - 00:00


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