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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As I listened in the total silence to the sound of my own monotonous voice it
sounded like a deacon reading the litany for the dead. I was seized with apathy
and a desire to dose the thick, bound typescript. I felt that Ivan Vasilievich might
What on earth have they asked me here for?' 'Has anyone got anything to say?'
said Ivan Vasilievich with a cheerful glance round the room. There was a tense
silence. Nobody wanted to speak. Then came a voice from the corner: 'Ah h'm, h'
In a husky voice he replied: 'I think you're forgetting - I am an actor of the
Independent Theatre and not a cinema extra like you!' Romanus stood in the
wings, beaming with satisfaction. The noise of the two men quarrelling
completely drowned ...
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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