The Power of the Powerless

Author(s): Václav Havel

Philosophy / Psychology

Václav 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, Václav 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


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781784875046
  • : penguin random house
  • : Arrow
  • : August 2018
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  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 323.40947
  • : English
  • : Paperback
  • : Václav Havel
  • : 160