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HAVEL

Michael Zantovsky

  • Original Title: HAVEL
  • Publication date: November 2014
  • Publisher: ARGO
  • Country: CZ
  • 568 print pages
  • Biopics

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  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Czech Republic
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social climbing, Commitment, Friendship

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This biography explores the remarkable life of an iconic figure of the twentieth century, Václav Havel, author and dissident, who became the first president of the Czech Republic.

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Michael Zantovsky is a Czech diplomat, politician, author, journalist, lyricist and psychologist. He is a former Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom, as well as to Israel and the United States. He was among the founding members of the movement that coordinated the overthrow of the communist regime. In January 1990 he became the spokesman, press secretary and advisor to his lifelong friend, President Václav Havel. He has combined a career in politics and the foreign service with work as an author and translator into Czech of many contemporary British and American writers.

Summary

This biography explores the remarkable life of an iconic figure of the twentieth century, Václav Havel, author and dissident, who became the first president of the Czech Republic.

Vaclav Havel: iconoclast and philosopher king, an internationally successful playwright who became a political dissident and then, reluctantly, a president. His pivotal role in the Velvet Revolution and the modern Czech Republic makes him a key figure of the twentieth century.

Michael Zantovsky was one of Havel's closest confidants. They lived through the revolution and during Havel's first presidency Zantovsky was his press secretary, speechwriter and translator. Their friendship endured until Havel's death in 2011, making him a rare witness to this most extraordinary life.

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    Michael Zantovsky (born 1949) is a Czech diplomat, politician, author, journalist, lyricist and psychologist. He is a former Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom, as well as to Israel and the United States. He was among the founding members of the movement that coordinated the overthrow of the communist regime. In January 1990 he became the spokesman, press secretary and advisor to his lifelong friend, President Václav Havel. He has combined a career in politics and the foreign service with work as an author and translator into Czech of many contemporary British and American writers.