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 works for a co-operative at Tetyushi . . . Don't waste time, Maxudov,'
whispered Agapenov, 'you'll regret it. He's an amazing type. He'll be useful to you
in your work. You could squeeze ten short stories out of him in one evening, sell
them all ...
They should have stayed in Tetyushi . . .' And with that Agapenov left me. A vague
feeling of disquiet overcame me and without saying goodbye to anybody except
Konkin I left the flat. 6. Catastrophe This will be, I think, the shortest chapter. 44.
Why didn't he stay in Tetyushi? And gifted though Ismail Alexandrovich may be,
he behaved disgustingly in Paris. Have I apparently finished up in a kind of
vacuum? I have.' All right then, sit down and write another novel, since you've
made it ...
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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