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It is our endeavour to build up a complete archive of the works and creations coming from the pen of Václav Havel or documents concerning him. This is highly difficult work given that the current owners of many documents are unknown. If you or anybody from your environs is the owner of original texts, correspondence, photographs, speeches or any other works by Václav Havel and you would like to dedicate a copy or the original to the Václav Havel Library, you can contact us. All of these materials have a historical value for us.

Whenever a copy or original is donated to the Václav Havel Library, we will always negotiate the donation conditions with the owner. All of the donors or owners will always be listed in relation to the documentary material.

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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„Once you’re here, however, whether you want to or not, you have to ask the question: does all of this have a meaning, and if so, what?… Ultimately, I can only find an answer – a positive answer – within myself, in my general faith in the meaning of things, in my hope. What, in fact, is man responsible to? What does he relate to? What is the final horizon of his actions, the absolute vanishing point of everything he does, the undeceivable “memory of Being”, the conscience of the world and the final “court of appeal”? What is the decisive standard of measurement, the background or the field of each of his existential experiences? And likewise, what is the most important witness or the secret sharer in his daily conversations with himself, the thing that – regardless of what situation he has been thrown into – he incessantly inquires after, depends upon, and toward which his actions are directed, the thing that, in its omniscience and incorruptibility, both haunts and saves him, the only thing he can trust in and strive for? “

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry