Black Snow

Black Snow

by Mikhail Bulgakov
     
 

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A new edition of Bulgakov’s blistering satire about the great Russian director Stanislavski, inventor of “Method acting,” part of Melville House’s reissue of the Bulgakov backlist in Michael Glenny’s celebrated translations.

In 1926, a play based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The White Guard premiered at the prestigious

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A new edition of Bulgakov’s blistering satire about the great Russian director Stanislavski, inventor of “Method acting,” part of Melville House’s reissue of the Bulgakov backlist in Michael Glenny’s celebrated translations.

In 1926, a play based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The White Guard premiered at the prestigious Moscow Arts Theatre and it was an immediate and long-lasting success that laid the ground for the rest of Bulgakov’s career as a playwright and novelist.

But it was not an entirely positive experience, and this novel, written near the end of Bulgakov’s life, skewers the theatrical fraternity he had been a part of for many years, and the Stalinist system of censorship that suppressed his work.

Black Snow is the story of Maxudov, a young playwright whose play is chosen, almost at random, to be performed by the legendary Independent Theatre, and the chaos that ensues. The two co-directors of the theater, modeled after Stanislavski and his co-director, battle to control the production, star actresses throw daily fits, and with each rehearsal the chances of the play ever being ready to perform recedes. The ultimate backstage novel and a brilliant satire from one of the greatest modern Russian writers.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A masterpiece of black comedy.” —The Irish Times

“The novel moves with mad exuberance.” —The Independent

Eileen Battersby
Bulgakov is regarded as the Soviet writer who made the strongest impact on twentieth-century Western fiction. -- The Irish Times
Library Journal
Published in 1967, 1975, and 1968, respectively, these display Bulgakov's satiric eye on Russian life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612192147
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Publication date:
07/30/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,140,979
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Craig Raine
Bulgakov is the first magical realist.
From the Publisher
"A masterpiece of black comedy.” —The Irish Times

“The novel moves with mad exuberance.” —The Independent

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