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 shouted, munching. 'Yes,' the young writer agreed, 'the language is a bit poor.
' The journalists said nothing but nodded sympathetically and drank. The ladies
didn't even nod, said nothing, refused the port specially bought for them and ...
chorused the people round the end of the table. 'The language . . .' the guitarist's
brother began to say, but the elderly man interrupted him. 'To hell with the
language,' he shouted, heaping salad on to his plate. 'The language is not the
shouted the elderly man. 'You're a bit of a Dostoevsky, aren't you! Yes you are. All
right, you don't like me. God forgive you for it, I don't mind. But we all sincerely like
you and wish you nothing but good.' Here he pointed to the guitarist's brother ...
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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