Letters to Olga

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Letters to Olga (Czech:Dopisy Olze) is a book of compiled letters written by Czech playwright, dissident, and future president, Václav Havel to his wife Olga Havlová during his nearly four-year imprisonment from May 1979 to March 1983.[1][2] (Havel was released when he came down with a high fever and received a medical discharge). Havel was imprisoned by the communist regime of then Czechoslovakia for being one of the leaders of The Committee for the Defense of the Unjustly Prosecuted (VONS) - most of whom had been signatories of the human rights document Charter 77.

Author Salman Rushdie stated in a 1999 interview, that Letters to Olga was among a small handful of books that he carried with him everywhere he went during his years of hiding from possible execution.[3]


  1. ^ Keane, John (2000). Václav Havel: A Political Tragedy in Six Acts. Basic Books. p. 288, 301. ISBN 0-465-03719-4.
  2. ^ Havel, Václav (1989). Letters to Olga. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-0973-6.
  3. ^ Keane. - p. 302.

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