Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"We The Living"

I'm currently reading Ayn Rand's book We The Living, a novel about a young girl growing up at the dawn of the Soviet Union. There's a passage whereby her and her lover, Leo, try to get a room in the country and are met by the wonders of socialist bureaucracy:

Once, Kira and Leo attempted to spend a night in the country.

"Certainly," said the landlady. "Certainly, citizens, I can let you have a room for the night. But first you must get a certificate from your Upravdom as to where you live in the city, and a permit from your militia department, and then you must bring me your labor books, and I must register them with our Soviet here, and our militia department, and get a permit for you astransient guests, and there's a tax to pay, and then you can have the room."

They stayed in the city.

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