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 wore a morning coat and striped trousers; he had on a dirty starched collar
and a green tie with a ruby stickpin. If Rvatsky astonished me, I clearly terrified
Rvatsky, or rather confused him, when I explained that I had come to sign a
Well, you tell him that they've got to wear trousers. I don't care - get them changed
! And tell him to go to hell! Tell him he's talking rot! Petya Dietrich couldn't design
costumes like that! He's designed the trousers - I've got the sketches on my ...
My commonest dream of failure was that I was on my way to the dress rehearsal
and had forgotten to put on my trousers. ... noticed and even preparing excuses
to give to passers-by - that I'd just had a bath and that my trousers were hanging ...
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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