U.S. author E.L. Doctorow on Vaclav Havel and "Ragtime"
One of the guests at the 17th annual Prague Writers' Festival was the critically acclaimed American author E.L. Doctorow. A native of New York, Doctorow's books - including The Book of Daniel and Ragtime - are known for their blend of history and social criticism, and the writer made headlines in 2004 when he criticised the U.S. president George W. Bush.
"I once gave a toast to former president Vaclav Havel, in New York. And I said that he had gone to prison and then become president. But in the United States, our politicians take office first and then they go to prison."
"I do know the book was well received, yes, and popular and meant something to a lot of people. I'm very moved by that. When people express appreciation I'm very moved and very happy to hear that."
American author E.L. Doctorow, talking about one of his most popular works, Ragtime. Film fans among you might know that in 1981 the book was made into a film by the Czech-born director Milos Forman, and featured the actor James Cagney in his last ever film role.