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Best Student Essay 2011 (22. 12. 2011)

Announcement of the results of the Václav Havel Library’s Best Student Essay competition. The subject of the third year of the competition was: Freedom of speech and modern communication technology – two sides of the same coin? One of the key genres of Václav Havel’s work is essays, on literary, artistic, social, political, and spiritual topics. His essays, such as the “The Power of the Powerless” and “A Word About Words”, have become classic texts of Czech literature; they have been translated into tens of languages, and are among the few truly world-famous works of Czech culture. This is also why it is necessary to keep cultivating the essay genre in the Czech language – not in the sense of imitating Václav Havel’s writing, but in the spirit of his courage to name unpleasant problems and search for unconventional solutions to them.