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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ring at the front door and Konkin, a critic, who was acting as host (the party was
being held in his flat) cried out: 'Here he is!' It was Ismail Alexandrovich. A
resonant voice was heard from the hall, then sounds of kissing, and a short man
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!' 'Polixena Vasilicvna!' 'Those ...
cried Veshnyakova. ' "I was standing with Praskovya Fyodorovna on the bank of
the Ganges and it came to me: the answer is that Veshnyakova should not enter
through the big double doors centre-stage, but from the side, near the piano.
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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