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When Soviet censors approved Mikhail Bulgakov's Don Kikhot [??? ?????], a stage adaptation of Don Quixote, they were unaware that they were sanctioning a subtle but powerful criticism of Stalinist rule. The author, whose novel Master i Margarita [?????? ? ?????????] would eventually bring him world renown, achieved this sleight of hand through a deft interpretation of Cervantes's knight. Bulgakov's Don Quixote fits comfortably into the nineteenth-century Russian tradition of idealistic, troubled intellectuals, ...

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When Soviet censors approved Mikhail Bulgakov's Don Kikhot [Дон Кихот], a stage adaptation of Don Quixote, they were unaware that they were sanctioning a subtle but powerful criticism of Stalinist rule. The author, whose novel Master i Margarita [Мастер и Маргарита] would eventually bring him world renown, achieved this sleight of hand through a deft interpretation of Cervantes's knight. Bulgakov's Don Quixote fits comfortably into the nineteenth-century Russian tradition of idealistic, troubled intellectuals, but Quixote's quest becomes an allegory of the artist under the strictures of Stalin's regime. Bulgakov did not live to see the play performed: it went into production in 1940, only months after his death.

The volume's introduction provides background for Bulgakov's adaptation and compares Bulgakov with Cervantes and the twentieth-century Russian work with the seventeenth-century Spanish work.

Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) grew up and was educated in Kiev. He practiced medicine but soon turned to journalism and writing. He struggled persistently for artistic freedom but was frustrated by the Soviet censorship. "In the last seven years," he wrote to a friend in 1937, "I have created sixteen works in various genres, and they have all been slain."

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An English translation of this work is available in a companion volume.

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"This volume has great merit and will be valuable in advanced Russian language classes, in Russian literature courses on Bulgakov, or in classes on Soviet culture or theater." --Rachel May, Syracuse University

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"This volume has great merit and will be valuable in advanced Russian language classes, in Russian literature courses on Bulgakov, or in classes on Soviet culture or theater."
--Rachel May, Syracuse University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603291491
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Language: Russian
  • Series: Texts and Translations
  • Pages: 177
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Selected Bibliography of Works by and about Mikhail Bulgakov

Suggestions for Further Reading

Note on the Text

Дон Кихот

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