Lecture by theatre studies specialist Lenka Jungmannová on the genesis of Havel’s first produced play, “The Garden Party” (1963), including presentations of five preserved versions (one newly discovered), the tracing of its motifs through the playwright’s previous work, and discussion of the influence of other theatrical personages on the creation of the play.
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