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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'Polixena Vasilicvna!' cried the man in a voice wild with despair. 'Polixena
Vasilicvna! They haven't signed it yet! They sign tomorrow!' 'It's mean!' screamed
Polizena Vasilicvna. 'You've done a mean thing, Demyan Kozmich-mean!' '
Ten minutes later the doctor emerged. I sat waiting on the divan for a while until I
heard the sound of the typewriter, then took courage and went in. Polixena
Toropetzkaya, having powdered her face and calmed down, was sitting behind
... flowing - but would it be flowing or not? . . .in came a young, modestly dressed
actress and cried: 'Dear Polixena Vasilievna - how are you? Look, I've brought
you some flowers!' She kissed Polixena and put four yellow asters on the counter.
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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