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Havel eyes return to literature
Vaclav Havel
Vaclav Havel stepped down as president two years ago
Former Czech President Vaclav Havel could be about to resume his literary career, an aide has said.

Mr Havel is preparing to take a two month break in Washington to study at the US Library of Congress.

He was a well-known playwright when he led the 1989 Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. His final term as Czech president ended in February 2003.

The 68-year-old has said he is planning to write an autobiograhy and a play based on Shakespeare's King Lear.

He has also talked about publishing a book of conversations with friends, including former Polish dissident and journalist Adam Michnik and British historian Timothy Garton Ash.

Mr Havel has published dozens of plays, books and political essays since the 1960s, but put his career on hold to serve as president.

A former chain smoker, Mr Havel has long suffered from respiratory problems. He has also since suffered from bronchitis and had postponed his trip to Washington twice because of ill-health.

But aide Jakub Hladik said he was "feeling well, in good health".

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