Foreign News: Dear Georgy

"How old might this Gletkin be? . . . He must have taken part in the Civil War and seen the outbreak of the Revolution as a mere boy. That was the generation that had started to think after the flood. It had no tradition and no memories to bind it to the old, vanished world. It was a generation born without umbilical cord, . . . It is just suck a generation of brutes that we need now."

—Comrade Rubashov in Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon

The most powerful, most important Gletkin in the Soviet...

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