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Author Information: Václav Havel



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Born in Prague in 1936, Václav Havel is one of Czechoslovakia's leading playwrights and dissidents. He is a founding member of the human rights group Charter 77 and has been imprisoned for his activities several times. His plays, which include The Memorandum and Largo Desolato have been banned in his homeland since 1969.
(publisher biography, c. 1989)

Since the breakup of the Warsaw Pact, Havel has been President of Czechoslovakia and, after the breakup of that country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, President of the Czech Republic before retiring into private life. He died on the 18th December 2011.


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