Black Snow: A Theatrical Novel
Harvill Press, 1999 - 171 pagina's
When Maxudov's novel, fails, he attempts suicide. When that fails, he dramatizes his novel. To Maxudov's surprise -- and the resentment of literary Moscow -- the play is accepted by the legendary Independent Theater, and Maxudov plunges into a vortex of inflated egos. Each rehearsal, sees more and more sparks flying higher and higher ... and less and less chance of poor Maxudov's play ever being performed. Black Snow is the ultimate backstage novel, and a brilliant satire on Mikhail. Bulgakov's ten-year love-hate relationship with Stanislavsky, Method acting, and the Moscow Arts Theater.
After a lifetime spent struggling against censorship, not least in the theater, Bulgakov died in 1940, not long after completing his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita. None of his major fiction was published during his lifetime.
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After the show he went up to Aristarkh Platonovich's office. The usher said
afterwards that as he went into the office, the general said in a fearful strangled
voice, "Teach me what to do!" Well, he and Aristarkh Platonovich were shut in
Well, sir, they handed me the four warrants but someone had forgotten to send
Aristarkh Platonovich's cousin's name to the commissioner's office so there wasn't
one for him . . . All right, they said, you can come and get his warrant at twelve ...
In the same way I learned that the two men in fur coals on the steps of the '
Slavyansky Bazaar' restaurant, standing beside a two-horse cab, were Aristarkh
Platonovich and Ostrovsky. The four people seated round a table with a fig-tree in
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - nosajeel - LibraryThing
It is not only a reflection on me that I managed to read 30 or 40 pages of this book before realizing that I had read it before, more than fifteen years ago, translated under the title Black Snow. It is inconceivable that something similar could happen with even the first two paragraphs Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing
Bulgakov knows how to write a fine novel - this one all about the hilariously bizarre and frustrating world of stage plays. It ends very abruptly, but the author was about to die. A shame, but it can be more than excused. A wonderfully funny book. Volledige review lezen