Vol. 13 No. 2 (2019): XIII International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Studies : Political Events of 1980-1990s and Literary Discourse
Literary Text as Prophecies

From Dissidence to Presidency: Vaclav Havel and Zviad Gamsakhurdia

Maia Nachkebia
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2019-12-20


  • Totalitarian Regime,
  • Dissidence,
  • Samizdat


By the end of the 20th century, fall of totalitarian regime in the East Europe and the former Soviet Union, was followed by radical changes: former dissidents came to the powers of those states. The paper deals with some aspects of intellectual and dissident activity of two important personalities – Vaclav Havel and Zviad Gamsakhurdia – before their presidency. In the paper is pointed out that at the terms of totalitarian regimes, activity of Vaclav Havel and Zviad Gamsakhurdia contributed greatly not only to the social and political life of the nations but also to the spiritual and moral revival of the nations.