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[T]he art of prostration was growing there in exact ratio to the increasing efficiency of first Lenin's, then Stalin's political police, and the successful Soviet writer was the one whose fine ear caught the soft whisper of an official suggestion long before it had become a blare.

Vladimir Nabokov
Speak, Memory (1966)


Society Commonplaces #107 Nov/Dec 2021

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