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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He was carrying a well-stuffed briefcase. 'Comrade Maxudov?' enquired the fair-
haired man. 'Yes, that's me . . .' 'I've been looking for you all over the theatre,' he
said, 'allow me to introduce myself: Thomas Strizh, director. Well, everything ...
It transpired that Strizh was rehearsing! I said to Augusta Avdeyevna: "What have
you done? Do you want me to get shot? Here's Strizh raking the theatre with
gunfire and nobody, I suppose, has thought about the danger to me, have they?
signal for the start of a row between Romanus and Strizh. Romanus rushed
towards him, took him by the arm and said: 'Thomas! I know how much you
appreciate music and it's not your fault, but I must ask you to stop your stage
manager from ...
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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