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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remember that I was annoyed with Rudolfi for sending me to a man like Rvatsky ,
because I felt that a publisher with such shifty eyes and a ruby tiepin ought not to
exist. I also remember how my heart contracted when Rudolfi said: 'Just show ...
I forget exactly what it was about, but can vaguely remember how it began: 'It was
dull on the slopes of Parnassus. "Nothing ever happens here," said Jean-Baptiste
Moliere with a yawn. "Aye, 'tis tedious," answered Shakespeare.' Further on ...
I particularly remember some fat man with a pince-nez who not only flatly refused
to print my story but gave me a stiff lecture into the bargain. 'Your story gives the
impression that you are addressing the reader with a sly wink,' said the fat man, ...
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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