The Master and Margarita (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1784871931

Category: Devil

Page: 384

View: 5457

THE ORIGINAL AND BEST TRANSLATION BY MICHAEL GLENNY 50th Anniversary Edition Afterwards, when it was frankly too late, descriptions were issued of the man- expensive grey suit, grey beret, one green eye and the other black. He arrives in Moscow one hot summer afternoon with various alarming accomplices, including a demonic, fast-talking black cat. When he leaves, the asylums are full and the forces of law and order are in disarray. Only the Master, a man devoted to truth, and Margarita, the woman he loves, can resist the devil's onslaught. Brilliant and blackly comic, The Master and Margarita was repressed by Stalin's authorities and only published after the author's death. The Vintage Classic Russians Series- Published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, these are must-have, beautifully designed editions of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression.

Black Snow

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Melville House Pub

ISBN: 1612192149

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 5506

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.

The Heart Of A Dog

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 140908793X

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

View: 1430

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY ANDREY KURKOV A rich, successful Moscow professor befriends a stray dog and attempts a scientific first by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary gland of a recently deceased man. A distinctly worryingly human animal is now on the loose, and the professor's hitherto respectable life becomes a nightmare beyond endurance. An absurd and superbly comic story, this classic novel can also be read as a fierce parable of the Russian Revolution.

The White Guard

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571271146

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 3324

See? All we need is... a map and...some kind of plan. This overcoat is neutral darling, neither Bolshevik nor Menshevik. Just essence of Prole. In Kiev during the Russian Civil War, the Turbin household is sanctuary to a ragtag, close-knit crowd presided over by the beautiful Lena. As her brothers prepare to fight for the White Guard, friends charge in from the riotous streets amidst an atmosphere of heady chaos, quaffing vodka, keeling over, declaiming, taking baths, playing guitar, falling in love. But the new regime is poised and in its brutal triumph lies destruction for the Turbins and their world. And those are the real enemies we face, deep in the shadows. This modern man with no name, no past, no love. This desperate hate-filled man born of loneliness and frustration. This man with nothing to be proud of, nothing he is part of. . .

Manuscripts Don't Burn

Mikhail Bulgakov: a Life in Letters and Diaries

Author: J.A.E. Curtis

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408842017

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 8014

The Russian playwright and novelist Mikhail Bulgakov (1891 - 1940) is now widely acknowledged as one of the giants of twentieth-century Soviet literature, ranking with such luminaries as Pasternak and Solzhenitsyn. In his own lifetime, however, a casualty of Stalinist repression, he was scarcely published at all, and his plays reached the stage only with huge difficulty. His greatest masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, a novel written in the 1930s in complete secrecy, largely at night, did not appear in print until more than a quarter of a century after his death. It has since become a worldwide bestseller. In Manuscripts Don't Burn, J.A.E. Curtis has collated the fruits of eleven years of research to produce a fascinating chronicle of Bulgakov's life, using a mass of exciting new material - much of which has never been published before. In particular, she is the only Westerner to have been granted access to either Bulgakov's or his wife Yelena Sergeyevna's diaries, which record in vivid detail the nightmarish precariousness of life during the Stalinist purges. J.A.E Curtis combines these diaries with extracts from letters to and from Bulgakov and with her own illuminating commentary to create a lively and highly readable account. Her vast collection of Bulgakov's correspondence is unparalleled even in the USSR, and she draws on it judiciously to include letters addressed directly to Stalin, in which Bulgakov's pleads to be allowed to emigrate; letters to his sisters and to his brother in Paris whom he did not see for twenty years; intimate notes to his second and third wives; and letters to and from well-known writers such as Gorky and Zamyatin. Manuscripts Don't Burn provides a forceful and compelling insight into the pressures of day-to-day existence for a man fighting persecution in order to make a career as a writer in Stalinist Russia.

Fatal Eggs

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Alma Books

ISBN: 1847493939

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 3175

Set in 1928 but written four years earlier, during Stalin's rise to power, The Fatal Eggs is both an early piece of science fiction reminiscent of H.G. Wells and a biting, brilliant satire of the consequences of the abuse of power and knowledge. Professor Persikov, an eccentric zoologist, stumbles upon a new light ray that accelerates growth and reproduction rates in living organisms. In the wake of a plague that has decimated the country's poultry stocks, Persikov's discovery is exploited as a means to correct the problem. As foreign agents, the state and the Soviet media all seize upon the red ray, matters get out of hand -

From the Beast to the Blonde

On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers

Author: Marina Warner

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780374524876

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 492

View: 1001

In this landmark study of the history and meaning of fairy tales, the celebrated cultural critic Marina Warner looks at storytelling in art and legend-from the prophesying enchantress who lures men to a false paradise, to jolly Mother Goose with her masqueraders in the real world. Why are storytellers so often women, and how does that affect the status of fairy tales? Are they a source of wisdom or a misleading temptation to indulge in romancing?

Mikhail Bulgakov's Master & Margarita, Or, The Devil Comes to Moscow

Author: Jean Claude Van Itallie

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 9780822214120

Category: Drama

Page: 69

View: 7352

THE STORY: The devil, his acrobatic cat and other colorful cronies come to Stalin's Moscow to wreak hilarious surreal havoc on the lives of writers, critics and bureaucratniks who have lost touch with their feelings. Satan sends some to the madhous

Pride and Prejudice (Vintage Classics Austen Series)

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473513685

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 1990

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH The Vintage Classics Austen series is designed by the writer and illustrator Leanne Shapton and introduced by some of our finest contemporary writers and Austen fans: Alexander McCall Smith, Lynne Truss, Amanda Vickery, Francesca Segal, P.D. James and Andrew Motion. 'The best-loved book by our best-loved novelist' Independent Elizabeth Bennet is young, clever and attractive, but her mother is a nightmare and she and her four sisters are in dire need of financial security and escape in the shape of husbands. The arrival of the affable Mr Bingley and arrogant Mr Darcy in the neighbourhoos, both single and in possession of large fortunes, turns all their lives upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, enmity and love.

The Magnificent Meaulnes

Author: Alain-Fournier,Valerie Browne Lester

Publisher: Random House Uk Limited

ISBN: 9780099529729

Category: Fiction

Page: 221

View: 8627

When Augustin Meaulnes arrives in François' home, he changes everything. Life in the little town where they both go to school suddenly becomes far more adventurous and exciting. On one of his escapades, Meaulnes gets lost in the countryside finds himself at an extraordinary party where he meets the girl of his dreams. From this point on he is haunted by her memory and devotes his life, with François' willing help, to finding her again.


Author: Юрий Карлович Олеша,Marian Schwartz

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 9781590170861

Category: Fiction

Page: 152

View: 7273

Blending humor, social satire, and prophetic vision, this novel of greed and its fruit, now available in a new translation, follows a Soviet industrialist who has made a killing in sausage only to be dogged by an envious, bitter leech who will not let him rest. Original.

The Union Moujik

Author: Janvier Tisi,Janvier Chando

Publisher: Publishamerica Incorporated

ISBN: 9781413779547

Category: Fiction

Page: 84

View: 8559

Boris Kukin-Mutchabinovich Petrenkov is a Soviet apparatchik and engineer who constantly dwells on his memory of the heyday of the Soviet Union, when he championed the construction of the BAM (Baikal-Amur-Mainline) railway line from the northern shores of Lake Baikal to the pacific coast. He travels in a train from his winter retreat in Southern Yakutia (Sakha) and meets a Yukaghir friend who engages him in a discourse that marks the beginning of Boris implantation into the world of his dream. The story moves to the return of Andrei Yeremenko from Israel and attains its epic in the world of the Union Tavern, where the participants epitomize the dream of a generation that felt betrayed by the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Union Moujik ends with Boris coming to terms with post-Soviet reality, where the only cherished product is hope.

The Great Fairy Tale Tradition

From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm : Texts, Criticism

Author: Jack David Zipes

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393976366

Category: Fiction

Page: 991

View: 6513

The first edition of its kind, The Great Fairy Tale Tradition is indispensable for students of fairy tales.

Diaries and Selected Letters

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Alma Books

ISBN: 0714545600

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

View: 1463

The career of Mikhail Bulgakov, the author of The Master and Margarita - now regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century literature - was characterized by a constant and largely unsuccessful struggle against state censorship. This suppression did not only apply to his art: in 1926 his personal diaries were seized by the authorities. From then on he confined his thoughts to letters to his friends and family, as well as to public figures such as Stalin and his fellow Soviet writer Gorky.This ample selection from the diaries and letters of Mikhail Bulgakov, mostly translated for the first time into English, provides an insightful glimpse into the author's world and into a fascinating period of Russian history and literature, telling the tragic tale of the fate of an artist under a totalitarian regime.

Doctor Zhivago

Author: Boris Leonidovich Pasternak

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307390950

Category: Fiction

Page: 675

View: 1820

Yuri Zhivago, doctor and poet, lives and loves during the first three decades of 20th-century Russia.

Six plays

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Methuen Pub Ltd


Category: Drama

Page: 416

View: 470

Reissued to tie in with a new production of Flight adapted by Ron Hutchinson and performed at the Olivier, Royal National TheatreMikhail Bulgakov was one of the Soviet Union's finest playwrights, whose work was often at odds with the Soviet State. This volume brings together his major dramatic achievements, including The White Guard, Madame Zoyka, Flight, Moliere, Adam and Eve and The Last Days.Bulgakov is a much-studied author by schools, colleges and universities.

Mikhail Bulgakov

Author: J. A. E. Curtis

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780237898

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 6920

Mikhail Bulgakov (1891–1940) was one of the most popular Russian writers of the twentieth century, but many of his works were banned for decades after his death due to the extreme political repression his country enforced. Even his great novel, The Master and Margarita, was written in complete secrecy during the 1930s for fear of the writer being arrested and shot. In her revelatory new biography, J. A. E. Curtis provides a fresh account of Bulgakov’s life and work, from his idyllic childhood in Kiev to the turmoil of World War One, the Russian Revolution, and civil war. Exploring newly available archives that have opened up following the dissolution of the USSR, Curtis draws on new historical documents in order to trace Bulgakov’s life. She offers insights on his absolute determination to establish himself as a writer in Bolshevik Moscow, his three marriages and tumultuous personal life, and his triumphs as a dramatist in the 1920s. She also reveals how he struggled to defend his art and preserve his integrity in Russia under the close scrutiny of Stalin himself, who would personally weigh in each time on whether one of his plays should be permitted or banned. Based upon many years of research and examining previously little-known letters and diaries, this is an absorbing account of the life and work of one of Russia’s most inventive and exuberant novelists and playwrights.

The Little Golden Calf

Author: Evgeniĭ Petrov

Publisher: Russian Information Service

ISBN: 1880100614

Category: Fiction

Page: 445

View: 2836

This brand new translation of the famous satirical sequel to The Twelve Chairs resurrects the con man Ostap Bender, the smooth operator, and follows him and his three hapless co-conspirators on a hilarious romp through the Soviet Russia and Central Asia of 1930. Bender says he has "very serious differences of opinion with Soviet power. It wants to build socialism, and I don't." The smooth operator wants to emigrate to Rio de Janeiro, so he and his crew set off in pursuit of an underground millionaire, who, Bender is certain, will bring me his money himself, on a little saucer with a sky-blue rim. One of the greatest works of Russian satire of the 20th century (the 1932 American translation billed it as "The book that's too funny to be published in Russia!"), this lively new translation (the first since 1961) by Anne O. Fisher is copiously annotated (nearly 300 footnotes), and includes an introduction by Alexandra Ilf, the daughter of one of the book s two co-authors. So many quotations from The Little Golden Calf have entered everyday Russian speech that it stands alongside the works of Griboyedov, Pushkin, and Gogol for its profound effect on Russian language and culture. The tale overflows with legendary literary episodes, offering a portrait of Russian life that is as funny and true today as it was when the novel was first published (this edition is the first unabridged, uncensored English translation, and is 100% true to the original serial publication). For decades, foreigners trying to understand Russia have been advised to read the adventures of Ostap. This new translation makes them more enjoyable than ever.

The Master and Margarita

A Graphic Novel

Author: Andrzej Klimowski,Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov

Publisher: SelfMadeHero


Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 127

View: 3716

Disappearances, destruction and death spread throughout Moscow like wildfire, and Margarita has discovered that her lover has vanished in the chaos. Making a bargain with the devil, she decides to try a little black magic of her own to save the man she loves.

Elliot Loves

Author: Jules Feiffer

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802131294

Category: Drama

Page: 82

View: 3180

Elliot is a bachelor in his late thirties whose new girlfriend, Joanna, is everything he ever wanted in a woman--intelligent, beautiful, warm, independent--and yet terrifies him for precisely that reason. A twice-divorced real estate broker who likes order in her life, she is equally scared of the precariousness of having someone matter to her. Their uncertainties come to a head when Elliot takes her to a party to meet 'the guys'--Bobby, who works for Playboy; Phil, a recovering alcoholic; and Larry, who 'is not comfortable with a woman outside the confines of a divorce court.' The encounter becomes an initiation ceremony crackling with witty, barbed, and devastating dialogue that strips the two lovers of all pretensions, forcing them to confront each other anew in a painful awareness of their vulnerability. The result is a bitterly funny play about the ambiguities of being in love, with Jules Feiffer at his most incisive, wise, and wickedly honest.