“I think it’s important for one to take a certain distance from oneself. I’ve always tried to see the absurdity of my own dealings, my own acts—and I think that this is reflected not just in the plays but in my civic life as well. I always noticed, even in my dissident life, the comical moments.” —Czech playwright, dissident, and politician Václav Havel in a 2010 interview with Adam Thirlwell.

“I think it’s important for one to take a certain distance from oneself. I’ve always tried to see the absurdity of my own dealings, my own acts—and I think that this is reflected not just in the plays but in my civic life as well. I always noticed, even in my dissident life, the comical moments.” Czech playwright, dissident, and politician Václav Havel in a 2010 interview with Adam Thirlwell.

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