The Power of the Powerless

The Power of the Powerless

Book Title: The Power of the Powerless

  • Publication Date: 27 Sep 2018
  • ISBN-13: 9781784875046
  • Rating : 4.5/5 from 205 voters
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Vaclav Havel's remarkable and rousing essay on the tyranny of apathy, with a new introduction by Timothy Snyder

Cowed by life under Communist Party rule, a greengrocer hangs a placard in their shop window: Workers of the world, unite! Is it a sign of the grocer's unerring ideology? Or a symbol of the lies we perform to protect ourselves?

Written in 1978, Vaclav Havel's meditation on political dissent - the rituals of its suppression, and the sparks that re-ignite it - would prove the guiding manifesto for uniting Solidarity movements across the Soviet Union. A portrait of activism in the face of falsehood and intimidation, The Power of the Powerless remains a rousing call against the allure of apathy.

'Havel's diagnosis of political pathologies has a special resonance in the age of Trump' Pankaj Mishra