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Former Czech president plans to return to writing

November 22, 2005


— Vaclav Havel, the former Czech president, is planning to write a new play.

"I have it already well thought out," the daily Pravo on Monday quoted Havel as saying. "In my head, it's almost finished. There's just one little thing - to write it down."

Havel didn't give any details, and he refused to say when he would start writing.

However, he has said he planned to write a play based on Shakespeare's "King Lear," as well as an autobiography.

Havel, 69, was a well-known dissident playwright when he led the 1989 revolution that peacefully toppled the communist regime in his country. He became leader of Czechoslovakia in December 1989.

He served as president from January 1993, after the country split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. His last term in office ended in February 2003.

Havel began publishing in the 1960s, and before becoming president, he published dozens of plays, books and political essays that won him critical acclaim around the world.


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