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Drawing closely on Bulgakov's personal experiences of the horrors of civil war as a young doctor, "The White Guard" takes place in Kiev, 1918, a time of turmoil and suffocating uncertainty as the Bolsheviks, Socialists and Germans fight for control of the city. It tells the story of the Turbins, a once-wealthy Russian family, as they are forced to come to terms with revolution and a new regime.

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Drawing closely on Bulgakov's personal experiences of the horrors of civil war as a young doctor, "The White Guard" takes place in Kiev, 1918, a time of turmoil and suffocating uncertainty as the Bolsheviks, Socialists and Germans fight for control of the city. It tells the story of the Turbins, a once-wealthy Russian family, as they are forced to come to terms with revolution and a new regime.

Set in Kiev in 1918. "...passion...that catches the reader up in its sweeping intensity...His characters have a classic universality." --NYTBR_

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New York Times Book Review
"...infused with a pssion for the old city and for its people that catches the reader up in its sweeping intensity....His characters have a classic universality that has kept them alive for half a century."
Newsweek
"...(he) unfurls great fictional canvases conjuring up the atmosphere and beauty of his beloved Kiev (like) Pushkin...but beneath the effulgent lyricism there sounds a chunk of cynicism..Bulgakov's irony is both broad and finely honed."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897332460
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2011

    a very good book

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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