The Increased Difficulty of Concentration

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A metaphysical farce, written by dissident Czechoslovak playwright (and future president) Václav Havel. Hummel, an academic, juggles lovers, philosophy, and the questions from a strange machine called Pazuk, while trying to make sense of his life. A new translation by Štěpàn Šimek.

Read an essay about the play.

Review from the Havel Festival:

"The play affirms Havel's place amongst the great absurdists of the mid-20th century."

148 pages
ISBN 0-9770197-6-4