Dreams are of exceptional importance for me. -M.A. Bulgakov See: 1926 Autobiographical Notes from Bulgakov to Pavel Popov, in J. A. E. Curtis, Manuscripts Don’t Burn: Mikhail Bulgakov, a Life in Letters and Diaries (Woodstock: The Overlook Press, 1992), 79.
The most that the critic newly approaching the novel can hope to achieve is to add constructively to the confusion. – W.J. Leatherbarrow