„There was something uncommonly fake and uncertain in every line of these articles, depite their threatening and self-assured tone. I kept thinking... that the authors of these articles weren't saying what they wanted to say, and that that was why they were so furious.“

—  Mikhail Bulgakov, Book One in 'Enter the Hero', B/O
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