Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz, a UBC professor of Comparative Literature, is a friend of former Czech president Vaclav Havel. While Havel was imprisoned by the Communist Party she edited The Vanek Plays, Four Authors, One Character (UBC Press 1987), which featured Havel's fictional Ferdinand Vanek as a dissident playwright. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1927, she also wrote The Silenced Theatre: Czech Playwrights Without A Stage and Critical Essays on Vaclav Havel (G.K. Hall, 1999).

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