1. The "Restlessness of Transcendence": Havel's Genres
2. Explaining and Understanding: The "Weirdness" of Havel's Plays
3. Understanding East and West: The World in Existential Crisis
4. "Metaphysical Reconstruction": Translating Havel's Key Words Conclusion: Havel's Legacy as Appeal.
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As a playwright, a dissident, and a politician, Vaclav Havel was one of the most important intellectual figures of the late twentieth century. Working in an extraordinary range of genres - poetry, plays, public letters, philosophical essays, and political speeches - he left behind a range of texts so diverse that scholars have had difficulty grappling with his oeuvre as a whole. In Reading Vaclav Havel, David S. Danaher approaches Havel's remarkable body of work holistically, focusing on the language, images, and ideas which appear and reappear in the many genres in which Havel wrote. Carefully reading the original Czech texts alongside their English versions, he exposes what in Havel's thought has been lost in translation. A passionate argument for Havel's continuing relevance, Reading Vaclav Havel is the first book to capture the fundamental unity of his vast literary legacy. (source: Nielsen Book Data)