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Quotation by Vladimir Nabokov
While the system of holding people in hostage is as old as the oldest war, a fresher note is introduced when a tyrannic state is at war with its own subjects and may hold any citizen in hostage with no law to restrain it.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Bend Sinister, foreword (1947).
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