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  • Fountain of Memes: Much like The Twelve Chairs, dozens of Ostap Bender's witticisms became iconic catchphrases decades before the Internet.
  • Misaimed Fandom: One of the editions of the duology was preceded with a preface by a reviewer who considered the book celebrating the eventual triumph of socialism by showing the futility of Bender's attempts to coexist with the Soviet system, and blamed the authors for being too soft with "parasites" like him. In fact, even though he is purely motivated by the prospect of wealth, Bender almost universally comes up as morally superior to his opponents, including those on the side of the regime.
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