A triumph over cynicism
It is fitting Havel found himself pitted against his nemesis, depraved totalitarianism, even in death. A year later he and his originality checkmate Kim Jong Il's historical irrelevance.
When Vaclav Havel died a year ago, on December 18, 2011, the world lost not only one of history's great idealists, but also a dreamer who translated ethereal vision into reality. He was the antithesis of a cynic - literally drawing the outline of a heart as part of his signature - and called attention to the loathsome complacency of a whole culture and system. At least as ironic as some of the plays he penned in...
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