De Tsjechische schrijver en politicus Václav Havel werd op 5 oktober 1936 in Praag geboren. Zie ook mijn blog van 5 oktober 2009 en ook mijn blog van 5 oktober 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Václav Havel op dit blog.
Uit: To the Castle and Back (Vertaald door Paul Wilson)
“I’ve run away. I’ve run away to America. I’ve run away for two months, with the whole family; that is, with Dasa and our two boxers, Sugar and her daughter Madlenka. I’ve run away in the hope that I will find more time and focus to write something. I haven’t been president now for two years, and I’m starting to worry about not having been able to write anything that holds together. When people ask me, as they do all the time, if I’m writing something and what I’m writing, I get mildly annoyed and I say that I’ve already written enough in my life, certainly more than most of my fellow citizens, and that writing isn’t a duty one can perform on demand. I’m here as a guest of the Library of Congress, which has given me a very quiet and pleasant room where I can come whenever I want, to do whatever I want. They ask nothing from me in return. It’s wonderful. Among other things, I would like to respond to Mr. HvÌzdala’s questions.
I’d like to start the conversation with a question that touches on the second half of the 1980s, when you became the most famous dissident in Central Europe, or-as John Keane wrote-“a star in the theater of opposition.” Do you remember the moment when it first occurred to you that you would have to enter into politics, that your role as a playwright, essayist, and thinker would no longer suffice?
In the first place I’d take issue with the designation “star in the theater of opposition.” We did everything we could not to separate ourselves into the “stars” and the others. The better known someone among us became, and thus the better protected from arbitrary repression, the more he tried to come out in defense of those who were less known and therefore more vulnerable. The regime, after all, held to the principle of “divide and conquer.” To some they said: “How can you, sir, an educated man respected by everyone, demean yourself by associating with such losers?” To others they said: “Don’t get mixed up with those guys; they’re a protected species. They’re always going to lie their way out of trouble, and they’ll go scot-free and leave you to pay the price.” It’s understandable that in such circumstances we placed a special emphasis on the principle of the equality of everyone who somehow expressed opposition to the regime.”
Václav Havel (5 oktober 1936 – 18 december 2011)