Czechoslovakia: A Nervous Reaction

"I believe that the citizen is extinct in our country. We are joined by the most despicable of ties: a common frustration. I see a return to the bad old days as a permanent danger. Why can't we live where we want? What use is it that we have been given the publishing house and the journals? Behind all this is the threat that they will take it back if we are unruly."

Novelist Ludvik Vaculik, who shook a recent congress of the Czech Writers' Union with these angry words, was proved right sooner than...

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