Ludvik Vaculik, renowned Czech novelist, dies aged 88
June 7 , 2015
Renowned Czech novelist Ludvik Vaculik, who wrote the famous Two Thousand Words manifesto during the Prague Spring, has died aged 88.
The 1968 manifesto was a call for openness from Czechoslovakia officials. But just two months later, the country was invaded by Soviet-led forces, quashing any hope of reform.
Vaculik, whose novels include The Guinea Pigs and The Axe, was initially supportive of the Communist regime, but was expelled from the party after he delivered a critical speech.