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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But Philipp had already pressed a buzzer and without another glance at the
woman said: 'Bakvalin! Two lost tickets . . .row?' 'Elev . . .' 'In Row Eleven. Let her
in and give her two seats. Check it!' 'Very good,' growled Bakvalin and the lady
'The body's arrived, Philipp Philippovich,' announced Bakvalin. At once the light
was put on, the desk-drawers were shut with a creak and pulling on his overcoat
Phil pushed his way through the crowd and out. As though spellbound, I followed
I knocked at the door which opened a little way to reveal Bakvalin's eyes in the
gap and I heard Phil's voice saying: 'Let him in at once!' I was admitted. Some of
the unfortunates in the courtyard made an attempt to push in behind me, but the ...
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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