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.

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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...