Venice

  • Address: Island San Servolo, Venezia, Italy
  • Date: September 27, 2014
  • Photo: © Czech Embassy in Rome

The Havel’s Place in Venice project was realised thanks to the efforts of the honorary consul of the Czech Republic in Vienna, Giorgio Boatto, the Irish founder of Art for Amnesty, Bill Shipsey and Michael Jorgensen, in cooperation with the Venice International University, San Servolo, the Vacláv Havel Library and the Czech Embassy in Rome. Among those who attended the launch in Vienna were the Czech ambassador to Italy, Petr Buriánek, and the honorary consul of the Czech Republic in Venice, Giorgio Boatto.

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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