White Guard

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Yale University Press, 1 okt. 2008 - 352 pagina's
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White Guard, Mikhail Bulgakovs semi-autobiographical first novel, is the story of the Turbin family in Kiev in 1918. Alexei, Elena, and Nikolka Turbin have just lost their mothertheir father had died years beforeand find themselves plunged into the chaotic civil war that erupted in the Ukraine in the wake of the Russian Revolution. In the context of this familys personal loss and the social turmoil surrounding them, Bulgakov creates a brilliant picture of the existential crises brought about by the revolution and the loss of social, moral, and political certainties. He confronts the reader with the bewildering cruelty that ripped Russian life apart at the beginning of the last century as well as with the extraordinary ways in which the Turbins preserved their humanity. In this volume Marian Schwartz, a leading translator, offers the first complete and accurate translation of the definitive original text of Bulgakovs novel. She includes the famous dream sequence, omitted in previous translations, and beautifully solves the stylistic issues raised by Bulgakovs ornamental prose. Readers with an interest in Russian literature, culture, or history will welcome this superb translation of Bulgakovs important early work. This edition also contains an informative historical essay by Evgeny Dobrenko.
  

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Gebruikersrecensie  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

It is not even reasonable to expect me to pass this book on the library shelves. First of all, it's by the author of The Master and Margarita, which I loved. Second, it's published by my darling ... Volledige recensie lezen

Review: The White Guard

Gebruikersrecensie  - Guy Salvidge - Goodreads

Bulgakov's first novel and my last of his. I think I've now read all of his prose fiction. This is a good book, a historical account of the fall of Kiev in late 1918. Parts of this sag a fraction, but overall this is a splendid and necessary work. Volledige recensie lezen

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Over de auteur (2008)

Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov was a Russian playwright, novelist, and short-story writer best known for his use of humor and satire. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 15, 1891, and graduated from the Medical School of Kiev University in 1916. He served as a field doctor during World War I. Bulgakov's association with the Moscow Art Theater began in 1926 with the production of his play The Days of the Turbins, which was based on his novel The White Guard. His work was popular, but since it ridiculed the Soviet establishment, was frequently censored. His satiric novel The Heart of a Dog was not published openly in the U.S.S.R. until 1987. Bulgakov's plays including Pushkin and Moliere dealt with artistic freedom. His last novel, The Master and Margarita, was not published until 1966-67 and in censored form. Bulgakov died in Moscow on March 10, 1940.

Marian Schwartz has translated the works of Nina Berberova. She lives in Austin, TX.

Evgeny Dobrenko is professor of Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of "Political Economy of Socialist Realism" and co-editor with Katerina Clark of "Soviet Culture and Power," both published by Yale University Press. He lives in Sheffield, UK.

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