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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Stranger still the fact that apart from a few off-cuts of calico and serge wrapped up
in a newspaper there was no 'photographic equipment' there at all. The place
was teething with people, all wearing overcoats and hats and talking animatedly.
The air was thick with cigarette smoke. I had a feeling that it was time I started for
home. Completely unexpectedly, I found myself talking to Agapenov. I noticed
that as it drew to three o'clock in the morning he began to show signs of unease.
'Do stop talking such rot,' I said shyly. 'Words fail me! Well I'm damned! Of course,
I'm not a bit jealous. Let me congratulate you, dear boy.' I felt the touch of
Likospastov's cheek, dotted with wiry stubble. 'Meet my friends.' I was introduced
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