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Mikhail Bulgakov
“Never before have I had such dreams at dawn. They're double dreams.

What's more, the principal one, I'd say, is made of glass. It's transparent.

And so, then -- I dream of an eerily lit lamp, and out of it blazes a multicolored ribbon of lights. Amneris is waving a green feather and singing. The orchestra, utterly unearthly, is extraordinarily sonorous. I can't convey it in words, though. In short, in a normal dream music is soundless ... (in a normal one? That's another question, which dream is more normal?! I'm joking, though...") soundless, but in my dream it's quite sublimely audible. And the main thing is that, using my will, I can amplify or soften the music. I seem to recall in War and Peace there's a description of Petya Rosrov, when half asleep, experienced the same state. Leo Tolstoy's a remarkable writer!”
Mikhail Bulgakov , Morphine

Boubacar Boris Diop
“Ndumbe stares at me. Before answering, he wants to know if I woke up on the right side of the bed. Of course, he's going to lie, but he doesn't want to tell the wrong lie. That's his forte.”
Boubacar Boris Diop, Kaveena

Boubacar Boris Diop
“I don't listen to the radio to find out what's happened. I listen to it to find out how the happenings have been distorted.”
Boubacar Boris Diop, Kaveena

Georgi Gospodinov
“There is something in this Lametrie, a nice slip of our anthropocentrism. Why should Man be at the hub of all analogies? How would plants describe us, I wonder, what classification would they impose upon us? 'Described by a Plant' sounds like a good title to be used later. I feel we're being watched: by rubber plants, sparrow-grass, bonsai, small date palms, Chinese roses, geraniums and lemon trees. They keep an eye on us.”
Georgi Gospodinov, Natural Novel

Boubacar Boris Diop
“Pierre Castaneda has always taken good care of his image. I've known him a long time. Even his small everyday gestures show that he comes from another world, and in that world of conquerors, he deserves fear and respect. How can I explain this impression he gives of always putting on a show? To be at the same time himself and someone else, amongst us and elsewhere?”
Boubacar Boris Diop, Kaveena

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