Open Letters: Selected Prose by Vaclav Havel covers the enormously important Czech writer's prose between the early 1960s and his New Year message - as president of the newly democratic Czechoslovakia - in 1990.
Vaclav Havel was born in Czechoslovakia in 1936. He is a founding spokesman of Charter 77 and the author of many influential essays on the nature of totalitarianism and dissent. In 1979 he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for his involvement in the human rights movement. In November 1989 he helped to found the Civic Forum, the first legal opposition movement in Czechoslovakia in forty years; and in December 1989 he was elected President of Czechoslovakia.