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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'Tell Yelagin," ' Toropetzkaya read out, ' "that he must do all he can to avoid
playing for effect, which he's very much inclined to do." ' Yelagin's expression
changed and he glanced at the letter. ' "Tell him," ' Toropetzkaya went on, ' "that in
The blood rushed to Toropetzkaya's face and she started to breathe heavily. 'I
beg your pardon . . .!' 'However . . .' said Yelagin through his teeth, then shrugged
his shoulders and said in his ordinary voice: 'I don't understand it!' and went out.
My guess is that Yelagin will be the first.' 'Oh, hell!' I exclaimed, beginning to
understand. Bombardov's prediction came true. A day later Yelagin was absent
from rehearsal and against his name Andrei Andreyevich wrote in the minutes: ...
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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