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Playwright and politician: Havel's willingness to serve was truly heroic

At one end of the scale there is Kim Jong-il, the model dictator, at the other Christopher Hitchens, model exponent of free expression. And somewhere in between this winter, sadly, is also the playwright, dissident and founding president of Czechoslovakia, Václav Havel. “Dissident” is a word from another era now. Globally, there may be plenty to be dissident about, but the word no longer carries the sense of endurance, of holding a position and withstanding punishment…

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