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Václav Havel: Open Letters

The selection of Havel's 25 best essays written since 1965 as a fascinating chronicle of the development and ideas of the greatly admired Czechoslovakian dissident turned president. This book in available in our e-shop.

Václav Havel: Europe as Task. Selected Speeches

The collection of Václav Havel’s presidential speeches dealing with the topic of European integration. This book in available in our e-shop.

Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994

What Price Human Rights?