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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... drew out a fountain pen and signed both copies, hardly glancing at them and
handed me back both copies and the fountain pen. I had just picked up the pen
when I happened to glance at one of the tins marked 'Selected Astrakhan Sprats',
He once came from Petersburg to Moscow for a couple of days, dined at Testov's
and happened to come to our theatre that evening. Well, he naturally had a seat
in the front row, and watched ... I don't remember what play was running that ...
'It happened just as I predicted. Don't say I didn't warn you!' 'But, Pyotr Petrovich,
just think!' I cried. 'How could I avoid reading the passage about the shot? How
could I?' 'Well, you read it and look what happened,' said Bombardov cruelly.
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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