Notes on the Cuff & Other Stories
Ardis, 1991 - 223 pagina's
The stories collected here represent a sampling of the prose that first established Bulgakov as a major figure in the literary renaissance of Moscow in the 1920s, long before he became known as an influential playwright and novelist. The centerpiece of this collection is the long story "Notes on the Cuff", a comically autobiographical account of how the tenacious young writer managed to begin his literary career despite famine, typhus, civil war, the wrong political affiliation, and the Byzantine Moscow bureaucracy. This stylistically brilliant work was only partially published during Bulgakov's lifetime due to censorship, but was immediately recognized by the literati as an important work. The other stories collected here range from a sequence about the Civil War to Bulgakov's early reportage on the rebuilding of Moscow in the early 1920s, stories which now have a strikingly contemporary ring. Bulgakov describes the swindlers who arrived along with NEP, a program for the limited return to a market economy, as well as the vast reconstruction as the city is brought back from the destruction of civil war. Bulgakov, who burst on the world literary scene in the 1960s with the publication of his long-suppressed The Master and Margarita, has continued to enjoy tremendous success both in and out of Russia where productions of his plays and adaptations of his prose works have found new audiences.
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The horseman sat proud in the saddle, but he was blind and mute. There were
two red blotches with streaks where an hour ago bright eyes had shone... The
horseman on the left dismounted, his left hand clutched the reins, but the one on
On it the doctor, completely against his will, did a gigantic pirouette, scraped his
left hand against the barbed wire until it bled, and sat right down on the ice. Twice
the Mauser rang out from the bridge, and rumbling and stamping began to rage.
The doctor has a sailor's revolver in his hands. He aims. At the head. One. ... The
Cossack officer, his left hand on his hip, waved the Mauser in his right hand in
time to his words: "Take them off, take them off, you bore," he said. On his round ...
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - gbill - LibraryThing
These stories were all written before Bulgakov started work on his masterpiece “The Master and the Margarita”, but unlike the novel, were published at the time. It’s an interesting mix; Bulgakov is ... Volledige review lezen
Notes on the cuff & other storiesGebruikersrecensie - Not Available - Book Verdict
This book translates several of Bulgakov's early short stories and feuilletons for the first time. They effectively present Bulgakov's personal struggle with the idiocies of Moscow's bureaucracy ... Volledige review lezen
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