Yale University Press, 1 okt. 2008 - 353 pagina's
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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Review: The White GuardGebruikersrecensie - Carey Combe - Goodreads
I was advised by a Russian professor not to worry too much about how was fighting for what and why and just enjoy the writing and characterisation. Best advice I got, as once I stopped worrying about not knowing enough about Ukrainian politics around 1918, I adored this book. Volledige recensie lezen
Review: The White GuardGebruikersrecensie - 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