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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'Sergei Leontievich.' 'How nice! Well now, and how art you, Sergei Paphnutyevkh
?' As he gazed at me with a charmingly solicitous expression Ivan Vasilievich
drummed his fingers on the table; on it were the stub of a pencil and a glass of ...
'One moment it's Leontii, then it's Sergei! Do they allow people to change their
Christian names too nowadays? One of our people changed his surname and
now I never know who he is!' 'I am Sergei Leontievich,' I said in a husky voice.
Afterword I should have warned the reader that I had nothing whatever to do with
the aforegoing jottings, which reached me under very odd and distressing
circumstances. On the very day that Sergei Leontievich Maxudov committed
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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