Black Snow

Black Snow

by Mikhail Bulgakov, Michael Glenny
     
 

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A masterpiece of black comedy by the author of The Master and Margarita.

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

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A masterpiece of black comedy by the author of The Master and Margarita.

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.

Editorial Reviews

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860466397
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Pages:
171
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.45(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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