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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

„I am a child of the age of conceptual, rather than mystical, thought and therefore my god as well – if I am compelled to speak of him (which I do very unwillingly) – must appear as something terribly abstract, vague and unattractive. But it appears so only to someone I try to tell about him – the experience itself is quite vivid, intimate and particular, perhaps (…) more lively than for someone whose “normal” God is provided with all the appropriate attributes (which oddly enough can alienate more often than drawing one closer). And something else that is typical of my god: he is a master of waiting, and in doing so he frequently unnerves me. It is as though he set up various possibilities around me and then waited silently to see what I would do. (…) His Last Judgment is taking place now, continuously, always – and yet it is always the last: nothing that has happened can ever un-happen, everything remains in the “memory of Being” – and I too remain there – condemned to be with myself till the end of time – just as I am and just as I make myself.“

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

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