The White Guardby Mikhail Bulgakov
The setting is Kiev in 1918, a time of revolution, turmoil and civil war. The Germans have occupied the city, Petlyura's Socialists are camped outside awaiting their moment, while the Bolsheviks watch, contemplating their buried armaments. The once wealthy Turbin family are in anguish as their world grows smaller and smaller. Called a modern classic by C. P. Snow, this novel first appared in 1923, and was banned by Stalin in the '30s.
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Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and lived most of his adult life in Stalinist Russia. A journalist, playwright, novelist, and short story writer, he is best known in the West for his novel "The Master and Margarita," Marian Schwartz is a prize-winning Russian translator who recently received her second Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to translate Olga Slavnikova's newest novel, "2017," She has translated classic literary works by Nina Berberova and Yuri Olesha, as well as Edvard Radzinsky's "The Last Tsar," She lives in Austin, TX.
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I had to write a review because the only other rating this book had was a 2 - it deserves better. This book won't make a lot of sense unless you know a little about the Russian Revolution. The introduction explains it pretty well. I skipped the introduction when I read it because I was worried about spoilers and it does give away the fate of some characters. If you read online about the big events of the revolution it should be sufficient for you to catch enough references to follow the book. Bulgakov is absolutely a genius in the way he describes things, the metaphors and styles he chooses to use. There's one part where he describes people's expressions like different hours on a clock face. It would only sound weird if I tried to describe it, but he did it beautifully. It's very worth reading and the finale of the book is one of the best endings I've ever read, I think. A great book, but I won't give it 5 stars because I don't think it was perfect. Originally it was supposed to be a trilogy, and it has a feeling of incompleteness about it.