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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Suddenly a look of misery came over his pale face, he looked anxiously round
and at that moment a young man came in and gave Rvatsky a cardboard ticket
wrapped in white paper. 'That ticket is a seat reservation,' I thought, 'he's going ...
He gave a friendly smile. Without a knock the door opened, the curtain was
pushed aside and in came a lady with the proud dark face of a southerner and
glanced at me. I bowed to her and said: 'My name is Maxudov . ' The lady gave
me a ...
Ivan Vasilievich gave a sort of groan and asked: 'And how is your dear father?' '
My father is dead. ' 'How terrible,' replied Ivan Vasilievich, 'and whom did he see?
Who looked after him?' 'I can't remember exactly, but it was a professor, I think .
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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