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A profound satire on all aspects of bureaucracy, a new and impossibly difficult language, 'Ptydepe', is introduced into the office with the alleged function of improving communications by standardisation.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published December 1st 1981 by Grove Weidenfeld (first published 1965)
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Huda Aweys
Jul 09, 2015 Huda Aweys rated it liked it
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فاتسلاف هافل
الرئيس السابق لجمهورية تشيكوسلوفاكيا
هو أول كاتب مسرحي يترأس حكم دولة ما في التاريخ !
كان أحد المناهضين للشيوعية في بلاده ، مما أدى الى خسارته لعمله ، فاعتقاله ، الا انه لم يمتنع عن كلامه و مناهضته رغم ذاك و لو مسايرة كي يعيش ! كما فعل زملاؤه الذي طالما كان حانقا عليهم ، لم يدفعه ذاك ايضا الى الهرب و ترك بلاده ، حين لاحت له الفرصة لذاك
إتخذ من العبث إسلوبه لا مضمونه ، و (المذكرة) هي واحدة من أهم و أشهر مسرحياته ، و لا عجب في ذلك فهي مسرحية ثرية للغاية ، عمد فيها الى نقد البيروقرا
Mohamed Osman
Nov 13, 2012 Mohamed Osman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ما شعورك عندما تقرأ مسرحية تنتمي لمسرح العبث وكاتبها هو ثائر ومقاوم سابق ترقي حتي اصبح رئيس لبلاده!؟
بل إنه احتل المركز الرابع كواحد من أهم مئة مفكر قبل موته ، ما شعورك عندما تجد مقدمتين للمسرحية أحدهما لكاتب المسرحي الكبير ألفريد فرج ، ما شعورك عندما تحيا في أحد المشاكل التي يتناولها هذا النص وهي البيروقراطية

صراحة لقد تأثرت بسيرة هذا الرجل أكثر من المسرحية وإن كانت جائت في وقت أعاني فيه من تعنت الجهات الحكومية في بلادي وامارس بعض الأمور العبثية لاستعادة أحد حقوقي فكما يقال جائت هذه المسرحية علي
Lisa Houlihan
In his introduction, Tom Stoppard says that in the play's Newspeak Ptydepe, a more frequently used word has fewer letters than a less frequently used one, and that the word for "wombat" therefore has 319 letters. You know what that means? That Prague's problems could be solved if it had more wombats. And really, the same could be said for anywhere.
Sep 01, 2007 Brad rated it it was amazing
Brilliant piece of literature and drama constructed with a brilliant vocabulary, mind-bending word-play and paradox, and a blinding loss of individuality among the corporate rubble.
Frumpy Mum
Jun 15, 2016 Frumpy Mum rated it it was amazing
I can't remember the full details of this book, but I do remember that it really struck a chord with me as a linguist and made me think about the language we use and how it carries so much meaning.
Ansi Sev
Jun 05, 2016 Ansi Sev rated it really liked it
This play tells about our everyday reality with a unique language that carries the traces of Kafka and Beckett. Both funny and bitingly familiar.
In Havel's bureaucratic hell, Franz Kafka meets Stefan Themerson when a new language is introduced which nobody understands but all except the main character, Gross, seem to support. Gross makes a humanist stand but is too much of an intellectual doubter to hold out.

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Oct 09, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it
The flawless, absurd logic of bureaucracy is revealed in this dark comedy by Havel where the new language Ptydepe is introduced - a language no-one understands but that eliminates all the ambiguities of our everyday languages.
Jun 15, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it
What a fabulous comment on the state-socialist system. If you aren't very familiar with the dysfunction of that system, you might miss a lot of meaning.
Jan 05, 2008 amy rated it liked it
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Freshman year - I played an androgynous character and learned how to tie a double Windsor. I'll never forget the cast. We had a great time together...
Nov 23, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok
So focused on making a point about the society that it doesn't hang together as a play.
Sep 01, 2007 Rachel rated it did not like it
since i was in a horrible production of this, i absolutely hate this play
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Jun 16, 2013 Anxhela Cikopano rated it it was amazing
I sensed he is a drama master, this just proved me right....
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Václav Havel was a Czech playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician. He was the tenth and last President of Czechoslovakia (1989–92) and the first President of the Czech Republic (1993–2003). He wrote over twenty plays and numerous non-fiction works, translated internationally. He received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, the Order of Canada, the free ...more
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