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 got on well with the play's director Ilya Sudakov (who appears in Black Snow
as 'Thomas Strizh') and although his attitude stopped short of idolatry, he was
also on excellent terms with Stanislavsky and remained so for several years.
The Author shall not offer his play to any other theatre in Moscow. The Author
shall not offer his play to any theatre whatsoever in Leningrad. The Author shall
not offer his play to any other town whatsoever in the Russian Soviet Federated ...
On the 1 5th December, for instance, I read: 'The well- known writer Ismail
Alexandra vich Bondarevsky is finishing a play to be called The Knives of
Monmutrtre about emigre life in Paris. The play, we hear, is being offered to the
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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