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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Yury and I are sitting on the balcony and looking at the canopy of stars. But there
is no relief. In a few hours the stars will fade and above us will blaze the fiery ball.
And again, like beetles on pins, we will be wiped out. A soft, continuous whine ...
It was no longer sitting, but was laid out on the floor side-by-side, waving its arms
and groaning... ...The man with lively eyes left. No deviations!... The breeze
carried them along. Like leaves in the wind. One from Kerch to Vologda, another
Now, what did that woman sitting next to her say? On Volkhonka... Oh, nonsense!
They could steal anything they wanted from under those women's noses. On the
whole, I don't know why they are kept on, those women. An Egyptian torture.
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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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