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The Garden Party and Other Plays Paperback – 18 Jan 1994


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Gathered together here for the first time are seven plays that span Havel's career from his early days at the Theater of the Balustrade through the Prague Spring, Charter 77, and the repeated imprisonments that made Havel's name into a rallying cry and propelled him to the leadership of his country. They include The Garden Party, The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, Mistake, the Vanek trilogy of Audience, Unveiling, and Protest, and the first fully corrected English version of The Memorandum--the play that won Havel the Obie for Best Foreign Play in 1968.

About the Author

Vaclav Havel was born in Czechoslovakia in 1936. His plays have been produced around the world, and he is the author of many influential essays and speeches on totalitarianism, dissent and democratic renewal. He was a founding spokesman for Charter 77, and served as president of the Czech Republic until 2003. He lives in Prague.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x982f72d0) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
HASH(0x99752cc0) out of 5 stars The dissident humorist writes 25 July 2013
By Christopher Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
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Well worth buying and reading.

Havel's dry, political humour enlivens the book.

And just to imagine that some of these plays were written in prison!
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HASH(0x9802c2a0) out of 5 stars and beautifully absurd production of "The Garden Party" in Prague at ... 21 Sept. 2014
By La Mancha - Published on Amazon.com
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I just saw a marvelous, riveting, and beautifully absurd production of "The Garden Party" in Prague at the Estates Theater (famous for premiere of Mozart's "Don Giovanni".) It would, I think, be difficult to "get" Havel without an understanding of the political history of the Czechs/Eastern Europeans and without knowing Havel's critical role. Getting to see "The Garden Party" on stage was such a treat! I feel so fortunate.
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HASH(0x9802c168) out of 5 stars Good writing-absurdist short comedic plays 20 April 2013
By Martin Perelstein - Published on Amazon.com
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Good writing. Havel is very intelligent and compassionate and his plays reflect that. His work does require some reading about the censorship of communist Chekeslovakia. But once you more fully understand, you understand why he received the nobel peace prize.
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HASH(0x9802c5f4) out of 5 stars Do you enjoy theatre of the absurd? 21 Dec. 2012
By T. E. Axe - Published on Amazon.com
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If so you will enjoy these plays that combine political commentary with dry humor. The author's story is also interesting.
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HASH(0x9802c480) out of 5 stars Havel Notentertaing reading 6 Nov. 2013
By dabney Carr - Published on Amazon.com
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I had seen the" Memorandum" as a play and it was obscure and not engaging. . When I read the other plays, they were very dogmatic and not enjoyable. Well at least I have read them. Curiously Harold Pinter was a big fan of Havel's play. It is hard to see the connection.
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