It’s the quote that begins the last story, Screaming Beneath the Earth, p. 447:
We ask nothing of the dragons, and the dragons ask nothing of us.
— Zi Chan
Self finds these quotes pretty droll. For instance, the one that begins The Preservation of the Buddha is “For the greater glory of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.” The entire story is about the Buddha and there is nothing, literally nothing about Jesus Christ.
Krasznahorkai, you savage troll. Not only do you put misleading quotes at the beginning of each story, you force us to read 50-page sentences. How dare you.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.