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The 1984 Semi-Autobiographical Play Largo Desolato ("The Long Desolation"), Cited By The Daily Telegraph As "One Of The 15 Greatest Plays Of All Time", By Vaclav Havel, Czech Writer, Philosopher, Political Dissident And Statesman, In A 1990 Production Starring F. Murray Abraham, Phoebe Cates And Sally Kirkland, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1990, 1 Hour 25 Minutes.) #LargoDesolato #VaclavHavel #FMurrayAbraham #PhoebeCates #SallyKirkland #VaclavHavel #TheatreOfTheAbsurd #AbsurdistFiction #Czech #CzechLiterature #Stage #Theater #Theatre #Writers #Playwrights #Poets #Statesmen #Dissidents #Czechoslovakia #DissolutionOfCzechoslovakia #Literature #PragueSpring #WarsawPactInvasionOfCzechoslovakia #Charter77 #CommitteeForTheDefenseOfTheUnjustlyProsecuted #VONS #VelvetRevolution #RevolutionsOf1989 #AutumnOfNations #ExpulsionOfGermansFromCzechoslovakia #PragueDeclaration #PragueDeclarationOnEuropeanConscienceAndCommunism #Forum2000 #VIZE97 #TheVision97Award #AntiConsumerism #Humanitarianism #Environmentalism #Activism #CivilActivism ##DirectDemocracy #PureDemocracy #GreenParty #StranaZelenych #PresidentialMedalOfFreedom #GandhiPeacePrize #VaclavHavelAirportPrague #CzechHistory #HistoryOfCzech #CzechoslovakianHistory #HistoryOfCzechoslovakia #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Largo Desolato is a semi-autobiographical play by Vaclav Havel about a political dissident, Leopold Nettles (Czech name: Kopriva), who fears being sent to prison for his writing. Leopold faces mounting pressure from his friends, admirers and colleagues; these pressures in addition to ongoing state surveillance have made him incapable of writing anything further. The play is dedicated to Czech-born playwright Tom Stoppard, who translated the play into English for its world premiere in Bristol, England, in 1986. Havel is reported to have written this play in the days following his release from prison in 1984.
Vaclav Havel, Czech poet, playwright, dissident, politician, statesman, last President of Czechoslovakia, 1st President of the Czech Republic (October 5, 1936 - December 18, 2011) was born in Prague. As a writer of Czech literature, he is known for his plays, essays, and memoirs. His educational opportunities having been limited by his bourgeois background, Havel first rose to prominence as a playwright. In works such as The Garden Party and The Memorandum, Havel used an absurdist style to critique communism. After participating in the Prague Spring and being blacklisted after the invasion of Czechoslovakia, he became more politically active and helped found several dissident initiatives, including Charter 77 and the Committee for the Defense of the Unjustly Prosecuted. His political activities brought him under the surveillance of the secret police and he spent multiple stints in prison, the longest being nearly four years, between 1979 and 1983. Havel's Civic Forum party played a major role in the Velvet Revolution that toppled communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989. He assumed the presidency shortly thereafter, and was re-elected in a landslide the following year and after Slovak independence in 1993. Havel was instrumental in dismantling the Warsaw Pact and expanding NATO membership eastward. Many of his stances and policies, such as his opposition to Slovak independence, condemnation of the Czechoslovak treatment of Sudeten Germans after World War II, and granting of general amnesty to all those imprisoned under communism, were very controversial domestically. As such, at the end of his presidency, he enjoyed greater popularity abroad than at home. Havel continued his life as a public intellectual after his presidency, launching several initiatives including the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism, the VIZE 97 Foundation, and the Forum 2000 annual conference. Havel's political philosophy was one of anti-consumerism, humanitarianism, environmentalism, civil activism, and direct democracy. He supported the Czech Green Party from 2004 until his death. He received numerous accolades during his lifetime including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Gandhi Peace Prize, the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, the Order of Canada, the Four Freedoms Award, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, and the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award. The 2012-2013 academic year at the College of Europe was named in his honour. He is considered by some to be one of the most important intellectuals of the 20th century. The international airport in Prague was renamed to Vaclav Havel Airport Prague in 2012. Vaclav Havel died on the morning of December 18, 2011, at age 75, at his country home in Hradecek.