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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We'll write it together. We'll split the money fifty-fifty." That very evening we began
writing. He had a hot, potbellied stove. His wife hung up washing on a string in
the room and then gave us some salad with vegetable oil and tea with saccharin.
(the murdered men had indeed been those interested in horses — after offering
them his horse at the cabstand he invited them to his apartment for negotiations),
by himself, without any accomplices, after sending his wife and children out.
When his first wife poisoned herself, it — this creature — said, "Well, to hell with
her!" When the creature married for the second time, it could not have cared less
about knowing where its wife was from or what sort of person she was.
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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
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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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