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Sep 2, 2019 - Nov 30, 2019

The Power of Powerless

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the Czech Center Seoul will support the first edition of the Korean translation of the political essay Power of the Powerless, written in 1978 by Václav Havel in memory of Jan Patočka.

The Power of Powerless

The Power of the Powerless is an expansive political essay written in October 1978 by the Czech dramatist, political dissident and later politician, Václav Havel. The essay dissects the nature of the communist regime of the time, life within such a regime and how by their very nature such regimes can create dissidents of ordinary citizens.

The essay goes on to discuss ideas and possible actions by loose communities of individuals linked by a common cause, such as Charter 77. Officially suppressed, the essay was circulated in samizdat form and translated into multiple languages. It became a manifesto for dissent in CzechoslovakiaPoland and other communist regimes.

The topic of how best to resist a totalitarian system occupied Havel's mind after the launch of Charter 77. This became the crux of his essay, which was one of the most "original and compelling pieces of political writing" to come out of the Eastern Bloc. Dedicated to the memory of Jan Patočka, the opening section of the essay sought to explain what Charter 77 signified to those living within Czechoslovakia, and "to give courage" to fellow opponents of the Soviet bloc elsewhere.




From: Sep 2, 2019
To: Nov 30, 2019


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