Ivan Hoffman

Ivan Hoffman (1952), who became known as a Slovak songwriter, photographer and publisher of the samizdat journal Fragment-K, is currently a Czech journalist and radio commentator. He is the recipient of the Ferdinand Peroutka prize and regular contributor to the Czech daily Deník and the weekly Literární noviny. He has published two books, Pomalý potlesk (A Slow Applause) and Demontáž řetězu (Dismantling the Chain).

Klaus’’s Havel

Photo: Petr Horník, Právo If someone tried to form an opinion of Václav Havel’’s presidency based on what President Klaus has lately been saying about the late President, the result would not go down very well with those who knew Václav Havel personally. None of them remember Havel as an extreme leftist, nor a post-democratic elitist, nor a modernist destroyer of the democratic order, nor indeed an enemy of the state. A much truer picture of Havel emerges from the eulogy the very same President Klaus gave at Havel’s funeral a year ago, when he said that we had lost […]