Účast na akcích v ČR
The Library at Knihex
08/06/19 10:00 – 08/06/19 20:00, Kasárna Karlín, Prague 8
This year once again you can encounter a Václav Havel Library stand at Knihex, a book fair focused on small publishers. For more information, visit www.knihex.cz
The VH Library at Book World Prague
10/05/19 10:00 – 11/05/19 16:00, Book World, Výstaviště, Holešovice, Prague
Hollywood on the Vltava, or the VHL at the Festival of Good Publishers
28/09/18 10:30 – 29/09/18 21:00, Tábor, Czech Republic
As part of the festival there will be an introduction to titles published by the VH Library and a presentation of Václav Maria Havel’s autobiography Mé vzpomínky (My Memoirs). Ivan M. Havel will be in attendance.
The VH Library at the Book World Plzeň Trade Fair
21/09/18 19:00 – 22/09/18 21:00, DEPO2015, Presslova 14, Plzeň
A stand presenting books published by the Václav Havel Library and an accompanying programme in the form of the launch of the new title Mé vzpomínky (My Memoirs) by Václav M. Havel.
The Václav Havel Library at Book World Prague
10/05/18 18:00 – 13/05/18 18:50, Book World, Výstaviště, Holešovice, Prague
VH Library editors and special guests will introduce the English-language edition of Zdeněk Lukeš’s Praha Václava Havla, entitled Václav Havel’s Prague, Jiří Křižan’s freshly-discovered novel Stín (The Shadow) and an e-anthology of the legendary radio programmes Talks from Lány.
Remembering 1918: Turning point for Europe
11/04/18 16:30 – 11/04/18 20:30, Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
Free entrance. Registration required.
What is the meaning of 1918 for today’s European politics and societies? What is the role of this history in envisioning Europe of the 21st century?
Historians, journalists, teachers and other speakers from 7 European countries will compare their perspectives and discuss the contemporary relevance of 1918, especially with regard to the interpretations ascribed to 1918 throughout the 20th century. The debate should result in a better understanding of the 1918 and its aftermath as seen from Western and Central European perspective and how this perception shapes today’s views, how the interpretation of history varies in countries and what possible impact it has on politics among the countries in the EU.
The debate is organized in cooperation with Czech Centres, Václav Havel Library, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Finnish Institute for the Benelux, Culture Action Europe, and EUNIC Prague, Austrian Cultural Forum, Slovak Institute and Polish Institute Prague.
The debate will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Czech.
16:30 Opening speeches
- Václav Havel Library and Czech Centres representatives
17:00 – 18:30 Understanding of the year 1918 in “old” and “new” states
- Understanding of the events in 1918 by the former empires and the new nations - do the differences still prevail? Do we feel nostalgia, satisfaction, bitterness, indifference…? And what does the mythology of 1918 mean for the future of Europe? Does it – and if yes, how - influence today’s politics and societies?
- Moderator: Adéla Gjuričová, historian
- Speakers: Hungary - György Csepeli, social psychologist / Slovakia - Miroslav Michela, historian / Austria - Christophe Prantner, journalist / Czech Republic - Jan Hanzlík, historian
18:30 – 19:00 Break
19:00 -20:30 Understanding of the year 1918 in Western and Central Europe
- Are there differences in understanding the 1918 between Western and Central Europe? If so, what are they and how are they reflected in different approaches to today’s reality? Is the year 1918 also perceived as the year of emergence of new states in Western Europe? How was the breakdown of old empires viewed in Belgium and Finland?
- Moderator: Pavlína Kvapilová, journalist
- Speakers: Belgium - Machteld Venken, associate professor at University Vienna / Finland – Kalle Kallio, director of the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas / Czech Republic – Václav Kuneš, history teacher / Poland - Lukasz Jasina, historian
The event is part of a larger project initiated by BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Belgium entitled “1918 EUROPEAN DREAMS OF MODERNITY 100 YEARS ON” and supported by the Europe for Citizens program. The project includes two debates in Brussels and one debate in Helsinki and another debate in Budapest on the similar topic of today’s perception of the year 1918.
For more information about the project, please visit: https://www.bozar.be/en/activities/137924-1918-european-dreams-of-modernity
Accompannying event of the conference is a series of film screenings about the year 1918 organized in cooperation with EUNIC Prague, for more information please visit: www.facebook.com/events/196896901076314/
04/10/17 17:30 – 04/10/17 21:00, Lucerna Gallery, Štěpánská 61, Praha 1
Debate linked to the publication of Erik Tabery’s book Opuštěná Společnost (Forsaken Society), which explores the development of the Czech state and the challenges it faces today and will face in future. Are we capable of learning from our hitherto mistakes? What advice can history give us? It is possible to completely change the basic values of a state, the values it was originally built on? Is populism a driving force today? These and other issues will be discussed.
23/06/17 20:30 – 24/06/17 23:30, Mobile cinema in the Pitašes’ garden, Šonov
Screening of the films: Citizen Havel, Leaving, Olga, Journey to North Bohemia and Life According to Václav Havel
Just Because I Am Ivan M. Havel
13/05/17 15:00 – 13/05/17 15:50, Book World, Výstaviště, Holešovice, Prague
Ceremonial presentation of a book published by the Václav Havel Library, Právě proto, že jsem (Just Because I Am), attended by both of its co-authors: Ivan M. Havel (interviewee) and film and literary historian Jan Lukeš (interviewer).
25th Havlíčkův Brod Underground Book Fair
09/10/15 10:00 – 10/10/15 17:00, Havlíčkův Brod, Czech Republic
As part of the accompanying programme on Saturday the Library will present its new titles, which will also be on sale at its counter, number 166.
Tabook – Festival of Good Publishing Houses in Tábor
02/10/15 10:00 – 03/10/15 18:00, Tábor, Czech Republic
Stand and presentation of both new books and tried and tested old titles.
VH Library stand at Knihex
21/06/15 10:00 – 21/06/15 20:00, Náplavka, Prague
The Václav Havel Library will be represented at Knihex, a trade fair for small publishers, for the first time this year.
VH Library Stand at the United Islands Festival
19/06/15 14:00 – 20/06/15 21:00, Kampa, Prague
Vaclav Havel Library at international music festival.
The Sun Sets in the Morning
10/12/14 19:00 – 10/12/14 21:00, Prague Crossroads, St. Anna´s Church, Prague
Presentation of a new volume in the Václav Havel Library Notebooks series, an anthology of contemporary Romany prose entitled Slunce zapadá už ráno (The Sun Sets in the Morning), by the female writers Eva Danišová, Irena Eliášová, Jana Hejkrlíková and Iveta Kokyová.
Editor Karolína Ryvolová will introduce the book.
The VHL at Knihex Book Fair
07/12/14 10:00 – 07/12/14 20:00, Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
The Václav Havel Library will be represented at Knihex, a trade fair for small publishers, for the first time this year.
Václav Havel Library at Autumn Book Fair
17/10/14 10:00 – 18/10/14 17:00, Havlíčkův Brod, Czech Republic
The Václav Havel Library will be represented at the 23rd Autumn Book Fair in Havlíčkův Brod by Gabriela Romanová, Tereza Johanidesová and Pavel Hájek. A discussion with readers, a reading of excerpts, and a presentation of the VHL archive and programme will take place.
Indian summer at the Václav Havel Library
15/08/14 17:00 – 16/08/14 11:45, Trutnov Open Air Festival
Three lectures about Indians at the Trutnov festival: The Sand Creek Massacre and the Cheyenne today; Indigenous Peoples – how they are defined from various angle; Pan-Indianism in contemporary Andean neo-folk music.
Ceremonial unveiling of Havel’s Place in České Budějovice
11/06/14 11:00 – 11/06/14 12:00, Campus of University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
After Washington, Dublin, Barcelona and Prague, a Havel’s Place is now set to stand in České Budějovice. Bořek Šípek’s piece takes the form of two chairs by a table with a Linden tree growing through it, symbolising the democratic dialogue that was essential to Václav Havel.
The story of Dispatch Editions (1975–1989)
16/05/14 12:00 – 16/05/14 12:50, Book World, Výstaviště, Holešovice, Prague
Gala presentation of the 16th Václav Havel Library Notebooks, this time dedicated to the samizdat series Dispatch Editions, which was established by Václav Havel and his friends. In connection with Příběh Edice Expedice (The Story of Dispatch Editions) the pitfalls of publishing “banned” literature will be discussed by producers of Czech samizdat: Daňa Horáková, Ivan M. Havel, Tomáš Vrba, Jiřina Šiklová, Pavel Bratinka, Joachim Bruss and others.
Gabriela Romanová will present the programme.
Olga. Report on a monitored subject who refused to testify and did as they liked
13/05/14 19:00 – 13/05/14 21:00, Kino Aero, Biskupcova 31, Prague 3
The premiere of a feature-length documentary by Miroslav Janek that offers not just a biography but a personal portrait of an exceptional figure: first lady Olga Havlová. A one-of-a-kind woman, known to the public as the wife of Václav Havel and founder of the Good Will Foundation, the film focuses on her “off duty” life. Produced by the company Film a sociologie, it was made with the support of the Václav Havel Library.
Ceremonial unveiling of Prague Havel’s Place
01/05/14 13:00 – 01/05/14 14:00, Maltézské náměstí, Prágue 1
After Washington, Dublin and Barcelona, Prague too is getting its own Havel’s Place. The piece by Bořek Šípek, featuring two chairs by a table with a linden tree growing through it, symbolises the dialogue that was essential to Václav Havel.
The Litomyšl Circle
12/04/14 10:00 – 12/04/14 22:00, Castle Area, Litomyšl
Twenty years ago, on 15 and 16 April 1994, the then Czech president, Václav Havel, held a meeting in Litomyšl with six other Central European presidents: Slovakia’s Michal Kováč, Slovenia’s Milan Kučan, Hungary’s Arpád Gőncz, Germany’s Richard von Weizsacker, Austria’s Thomas Klestil and Poland’s Lech Walesa. The gathering, at Litomyšl’s Renaissance chateau, was the first of its kind. Havel had organised it in order to revive friendly relations between the countries of Central Europe after the end of the Cold War. He chose the small Eastern Bohemian town of Litomyšl for its informal atmosphere and the chance of discussions between the presidents and colleagues taking place away from the official negotiating table. The programme was dominated by informal meetings and concluded with a television debate on Central Europe in which all of the presidents took part. A homely, hospitable atmosphere was successfully created, the success of the talks exceeded expectations and meetings of the presidents later became a regular tradition. Today 17 of them meet, though the original group are still referred to as “the Litomyšl Circle”.
Jan Palach: Hero or Madman
10/02/14 14:15 – 10/02/14 16:15, Synagogue, Kralupy nad Vltavou
Commemorations of the anniversary of the self-immolation of Jan Palach and the events of Palach Week are continuing in February. Petr Placák and Jakub Trojan will visit the synagogue in Kralupy nad Vltavou on Monday 10.2. Visitors will also see footage from the original Video Journal.
From Velvet Underground To Velvet Revolution
18/12/13 17:00 – 19/12/13 00:00, Archa Theatre, Na Poříčí 26, Prague
Tribute to Lou Reed and Vaclav Havel
20.00 Concert - Plastic People of The Universe, Garage, Velvet Underground Revival, Please The Trees
Tickets 290,- CZK
More information :www.vaclavhavel-library.org
Tickets on-line: www.archatheatre.cz
This tribute is organised by Václav Havel Library and Archa Theatre.
A reading for Mikhail Khodorkovsky
25/10/13 18:00 – 25/10/13 20:00, Montmartre Gallery
The Strategie-31 initiative (CZ) and the Václav Havel Library are taking part in a worldwide expression of solidarity with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Platon Lebedev and all political prisoners in Russia. Khodorkovsky, the former executive director of the company Yukos whose arrest occurred exactly 10 years ago, and his business partner Lebedev were sentenced to many years in prison in dubious trials.
The future of Czech education
18/10/13 18:00 – 18/10/13 21:00, Montmartre Gallery
A pre-election debate
How will Czech education look after the elections? What do the candidates for minister of education plan for their first days in office? Where do they stand on informal education, tuition fees and the future of regional education? Representatives of the political parties will answer these questions in a debate organised by students from the Czech High School Students Union.
Marcel Chládek (ČSSD)
Petr Fiala (ODS)
Jiří Zlatuška (ANO 2011)
Ivan Gabal (KDU-ČSL)
Zakaria Nemrah (SPOZ)
Ondřej Liška (SZ)
The fate of Slavic reciprocity, or how will Czech-Russian relations look after the elections?
15/10/13 19:00 – 15/10/13 21:00, Montmartre Gallery
A pre-election debate with representatives of political parties on their foreign policy toward the Russian Federation. Issues will include the extension of Temelín, the Czech Republic’s energy security, Czech representation at its embassy in Moscow, the upholding (or otherwise) of human rights in the RF, and of course relations with the EU and the question of whether Europe’s largest state should or should not be allowed to join.
Ivan Gabal (KDU)
Ondřej Liška (SZ)
David Šeich (ODS)
The debate will be moderated by journalist Ondřej Kundra.
The evening is being organised by the Strategie-31 initiative (CZ) with the support of the Václav Havel Library.
Sudeten Germans in the Eyes of a Polish Historian
26/09/13 19:00 – 26/09/13 21:00, Montmartre Gallery
A lecture by Piotr Maciej Majewski
Piotr Maciej Majewski (1972) is a Polish historian who specialises in the history of Czechoslovakia in the 20th century, in particular Czech-German relations, a subject on which he has written numerous studies. Alongside a monograph on the choices facing the Czechoslovak Army in 1938 in a possible war with Germany, he has published a book on Edvard Beneš’s position on the Sudeten German question; most recently he brought out an extensive work entitled The Sudeten Germans 1848–1948, which should come out in Czech in 2014. Majewski lectures at Warsaw University and also serves as deputy director of the Museum of World War II in Gdansk.
Host: Jiří Friedl, historian and vice chariman of the Conditio humana civic association
Memorial – A History Lesson Defence of human rights in (contemporary) Russia
19/09/13 19:00 – 19/09/13 21:00, Montmartre Gallery
Memorial is a Russian non-governmental organisation that maps the crimes of Stalinism and criticise the current authoritarian regime in the country. Dissidents Alexandr Daniel (one of the founders of Memorial and an historian of Russian dissent), Lev Rubinstein (writer), Irina Flige (St. Petersburg activist and Memorial member), Julia Sereda (activist from Ryazan) and Dmitry Petrov (writer) will tak part in the evening, which will be hosted by translator and Russian Studies specialist Ondřej Mrázek.
Varlam Shalamov: Left Bank
18/09/13 19:00 – 18/09/13 21:00, Montmartre Gallery
Evening dedicated to Varlam Shalamov (1907–1982), one of the most important of the “Gulag writers”. The first speaker will be Russian studies expert Jan Machonin, who translated the second part of the writer’s selected writings Left Bank. Valery Yesipov, a Russian literary historian and leading expert on Shalamov’s life and work, will then present his recently published biography of the writer and discuss less well known and controversial moments of Shalamov’s life. The legendary American Slavic Studies expert John Glad, who did the first English translation of The Kolyma Tales (published in the US in 1980) and helped Shalamov win fame around the world, will discuss how the author’s manuscripts made it to the West and the circumstances surrounding their publication abroad.
Collection on Normalisation-Era Philosophy Set for Launch
16/09/13 18:00 – 16/09/13 20:00, Montmartre Gallery
Presentation of the collection Filosofie v podzemí – filosofie v zázemí (Philosophy in the Underground – Philosophy in the Background). The volume focuses on Czech philosophy in the normalisation era, in particular apartment seminars, and subsequent developments, when many figures moved from the “underground” to academia and began reshaping or creating philosophy departments. Philosopher Roger Scruton, who in the 1980s lectured at apartment seminars and organised support for unofficial education and samizdat in the Czechoslovakia of that time, will speak at the event.
Jiří Suk from the Institute of Contemporary History at the Czech Academy of Sciences will discuss the historical context.
The book presentation is ogranized by the Václav Havel Library and Fórum 2000 Foundation.
Aldis Cilinskis in Prague
21/08/13 19:00 – 21/08/13 21:00, Montmartre Gallery
Meeting with Aldis Cilinskis, a Latvian man who for his protests against the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 spent four years in Soviet psychiatric facilities. The meeting has been organised by the Václav Havel Library and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. Aldis Cilinskis’s visit is taking places under the auspices of the Latvian Embassy in Prague.
VHL opens branch at Trutnov fest
15/08/13 16:00 – 18/08/13 16:00, Trutnov Open Air Festival
A branch of the Václav Havel Library will open at the Trutnov Open Air Festival on 15.8.2013 at the exact same time as the event itself, 4 PM. Readers and visitors can choose from a broad selection of books, DVDs, badges and postcards – as well as from a no less interesting programme:
A Fireside Chat
25/06/13 15:00 – 25/06/13 17:00, Klicperovo divadlo, Dlouhá 99, 500 01 Hradec Králové
A debate hosted by journalist, theatre academic and critic Vladimír Just on new and prepared productions of Václav Havel’s plays. Lenka Jungmannová, editor of a new book edition of Václav Havel’s Anticodes, a collection of visual poems, has accepted an invitation to take part in the discussion at the Klicperovo divadlo theatre’s Stage in the Attic. Meanwhile, Václav Havel Library editor Anna Freimanová will the present the book Příležitostný portrét Václava Havla (An Occasional Portrait of Václav Havel), which comprises reviews, interviews and essays by leading Czech journalists, politicians and friends of the late president; they were written in connection with his 75th birthday and subsequent passing in 2011.
A Tribute to Jan Lopatka
13/06/13 19:00 – 13/06/13 21:00, Slovak Institute, Jilská 16, Praha 1
On the 20th anniversary of the death of the important Czech literary critic and editor Jan Lopatka, this tribute evening will feature his friends, collaborators and students, including writers from the magazine Tvář (Bohumil Doležal, Jan Nedvěd, Karel Štindl, Zdeněk Hejda). Milan Šútovec will recall Lopatka’s cooperation with Slovenskými pohľady, Jiří Brabec his work on the samizdat Slovník českých spisovatelů (Dictionary of Czech Writers), and Ivan M. Havel and Tomáš Vrba the part he played in the Edice Expedice samizdat series. Jan Šulc, Zbyněk Jančařík and Terezie Pokorná will also speak, while Michael Špirit, editor of Lopatka’s work, will discuss his overall critical and publishing activities. The evening will conclude with the screening of a documentary about Jan Lopatka (cc. 30 min.) made by Petr Kotyk in 1990.
Czechoslovaks in the Gulag – Exhibition Opening
03/06/13 17:00 – 03/06/13 19:00, STARÁ ARÉNA Ostrava, 28. října 49/23, 702 00 Ostrava - Moravská Ostrava
The ceremonial opening of a panel exhibition dedicated to the fates of Czechoslovak citizens interned in Soviet concentration camps. Its creators have recorded dozens of interviews with former prisoners and gathered a great deal of information in the NKVD archives as well as authentic items from camp life. The exhibition was first staged at the Václav Havel Library in Prague in March last year; after being shown at other cities and towns, it will now welcome visitors in Ostrava.
Don’t Forget Jaromír Šavrda!
30/05/13 18:00 – 30/05/13 20:00, Montmartre Gallery
Early evening dedicated to the creative and moral legacy of the poet, author and political prisoner Jaromír Šavrda (1933–1988), including discussions, recollections, readings and screenings.
The event is being held by Ostrava’s PANT association, which operates the Moderní-Dějiny.cz (modern history) educational website, in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library.
The 1970s and 1980s in Czechoslovakia
21/05/13 18:00 – 21/05/13 20:00, Slovak Institute, Jilská 16, Praha 1
Totalitarianism, post-totalitarianism or an authoritarian regime. A debate hosted by journalist and analyst Jan Macháček with Jiří Peňás, Ladislav Snopek, Anna Šabatová and Petruška Šustrová.
This Václav Havel Library discussion evening is being held in cooperation with the Slovak Institute in Prague.
An Inspired Performance…live!
18/05/13 14:00 – 18/05/13 16:50, Výstaviště Praha - Holešovice, Areál Výstaviště 67, 170 90 Praha 7
The Václav Havel library presents the voices, faces, poems and songs of the underground: Vít Kremlička, Beatrice Landovská, J. H. Krchovský, Pavel Zajíček, Dáša Vokatá and others.
The event is taking place as part of the 19th Book World Prague international book festival.
Role of the Czech Republic’s presidential office in the country’s foreign policy as it pertains to d
15/05/13 16:00 – 15/05/13 18:00, HUB Prague, Drtinova 10, 150 00 Praha 5
Panel and follow up discussion will focus on questions such as:
What is president’s role in articulating of foreign policy?
What impact do the vague competencies between the president and the Ministry of Foreign affairs have on perception of Czech Republic abroad?
How does the current situation differ from the past?
What does the constitution say about responsibility for foreign policy making?
What role do presidents play in foreign policy in other countries?
Can the president interpret foreign policy on his own?
Chair: Jan Machacek- Respekt weekly
Entry is free of charge.
The debate will be simultaneously translated into English.
Jiří Orten Prize 2013
29/04/13 19:00 – 29/04/13 21:00, Montmartre Gallery
Readings by a trio of nominees
The evening is being organised by the Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers.
The Hunter in the Dissent
10/04/13 19:30 – 10/04/13 21:30, MUMIE - experimental space, Velká Hradební 50, 40001 Ústí nad Labem
A screening of Krystyna Krauz’s documentary about Václav Havel, Our Vašek, in which the Ústí “hunter” appears. František “Čuňas” Stárek will be a guest at the screening, which will also be accompanied by a lecture by historian Martin Krsek entitled The Ústí hunter as a source of inspiration to the famous.
The event is being held by the statutory town of Ústí nad Labem in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library.
The Václav Havel Library Live
09/03/13 13:00 – 09/03/13 14:00, The Černá louka Exposition Grounds, Ostrava
Presentation of the Václav Havel Library at the third Ostrava Book Fair, including readings of excerpts from some of the Library’s recently published titles.
The Václav Havel Library in Ostrava
08/03/13 – 10/03/13, The Černá louka Exposition Grounds, Ostrava
The Václav Havel Library is taking part in the third Ostrava Book Fair.
Jan Vladislav – Obstinacy as Fate
15/01/13 17:00 – 15/01/13 18:30, Slovak Institute, Jilská 16, Praha 1
Presentation of the book “Open Diary 1977–1981” by the poet and essayist Jan Vladislav, one of the key creators of samizdat. Presented by Vilém Prečan.
14/12/12 20:00 – 14/12/12 22:00, Bio Ponrepo, Bartolomějská 11, Praha
The Czech premiere of Krystyna Krauz’s film Our Vašek – The Polish Friends of Václav Havel, which has been coproduced by the Václav Havel Library. For tickets please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Release of “A Tribute to Václav Havel” DVD
30/09/12 19:00 – 01/10/12 00:00, Palác Akropolis, Kubelíkova 1548/27, 130 00 Praha 3
The release of the DVD “A Tribute to Václav Havel”: Lucerna Palace Prague 23.12.2011 will be held in conjunction with a concert of The Velvet Undergroud Revival Band, Michal Ambrož, Vratislav Brabenec, Tony Ducháček, Joe Karafiát, Saša Langošová, Adam Mišík, Vladimír Mišík, Vlasta Třešňák, Vladimír Pavlíček, Petr Pokorný, Pavel Skála, Jiří Veselý, Jiří Zelenka and other musicians.
Václav Havel on Theatre
16/09/12 10:00 – 16/09/12 10:30, Komorní divadlo, Prokopova 102/14, 301 00 Plzeň
Ceremonial launch of the book “Václav Havel o divadle” (“Václav Havel on Theatre”) as part of the 20th edition of the Divadlo Plzeň international theatre festival. A selection from the writer’s almost 60 years of publishing activities is divided into thematic sections with footnotes. It was put together by Anna Freimanová, while Martin Palouš wrote the foreword and Zdeněk Hořínek and Lenka Jungmannová penned afterwords.
Alan Pajer: Václav Havel, Citizen and President
06/09/12 18:00 – 28/09/12 18:00, The New Town Hall, Karlovo náměstí 1/23, 128 00 Praha 2-Nové Město
Exhibition of photographs by Alan Payer featuring pictures from the Velvet Revolution and Civic Forum, and capturing Václav Havel as president, playwright and author. Some “non-protocol” photos have also been selected that show Václav Havel in his private life.