Professor Leopold Nettles is the author of a book that contains a troublesome paragraph. Accused of disturbing the intellectual peace, he is pressed by the government to deny what he has written. Internal demons join the external ones torturing the professor. Czechoslovakia's foremost playwright, an artist at odds with his government whose works are banned in his own country, has created a vivid and terrifying portrait of the writer in a totalitarian state.
"Stoppard's version emerges as a wonderfully comic and unself pitying piece.... The brilliance extends beyond its own country to the civil rights public at large.... It takes a comic writer of genius to make something funny out of this." - London Times