A Dead Man's Memoir: A Theatrical Novel

A Dead Man's Memoir: A Theatrical Novel

Mikhail Bulgakov Andrew Bromfield / Sep 16, 2019

A Dead Man s Memoir A Theatrical Novel A new translation of one of the most popular satires on the Russian Revolution and Soviet society Best known for The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov is one of twentieth century Russia s most pr

  • Title: A Dead Man's Memoir: A Theatrical Novel
  • Author: Mikhail Bulgakov Andrew Bromfield
  • ISBN: 9780140455144
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • A new translation of one of the most popular satires on the Russian Revolution and Soviet society Best known for The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov is one of twentieth century Russia s most prominent novelists A Dead Man s Memoir is a semi autobiographical story about a writer who fails to sell his novel, then fails to commit suicide When the writer s play is taA new translation of one of the most popular satires on the Russian Revolution and Soviet society Best known for The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov is one of twentieth century Russia s most prominent novelists A Dead Man s Memoir is a semi autobiographical story about a writer who fails to sell his novel, then fails to commit suicide When the writer s play is taken up for production in a theater, literary success beckons, but he is not prepared to reckon with the grotesquely inflated egos of the actors, directors, and theater managers.

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        Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kyiv, Russian Empire today Ukraine on May 15 1891 He studied and briefly practised medicine and, after indigent wanderings through revolutionary Russia and the Caucasus, he settled in Moscow in 1921 His sympathetic portrayal of White characters in his stories, in the plays The Days of the Turbins The White Guard , which enjoyed great success at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1926, and Flight 1927 , and his satirical treatment of the officials of the New Economic Plan, led to growing criticism, which became violent after the play The Purple Island His later works treat the subject of the artist and the tyrant under the guise of historical characters, with plays such as Moli re, staged in 1936, Don Quixote, staged in 1940, and Pushkin, staged in 1943 He also wrote a brilliant biography, highly original in form, of his literary hero, Moli re, but The Master and Margarita, a fantasy novel about the devil and his henchmen set in modern Moscow, is generally considered his masterpiece Fame, at home and abroad, was not to come until a quarter of a century after his death at Moscow in 1940 Detailed Version Mikha l Afanasyevich Bulgakov Russian was the first of six children in the family of a theology professor His family belonged to the intellectual elite of Kyiv Bulgakov and his brothers took part in the demonstration commemorating the death of Leo Tolstoy Bulgakov later graduated with honors from the Medical School of Kyiv University in 1915 He married his classmate Tatiana Lappa, who became his assistant at surgeries and in his doctor s office He practiced medicine, specializing in venereal and other infectious diseases, from 1915 to 1919 he later wrote about the experience in Notes of a Young Doctor He joined the anti communist White Army during the Russian Civil War After the Civil War, he tried unsuccesfully to emigrate from Russia to reunite with his brother in Paris Several times he was almost killed by opposing forces on both sides of the Russian Civil War, but soldiers needed doctors, so Bulgakov was left alive He provided medical help to the Chehchens, Caucasians, Cossacs, Russians, the Whites, and the Reds.In 1921, Bulgakov moved to Moscow There he became a writer and became friends with Valentin Katayev, Yuri Olesha, Ilya Ilf, Yevgeni Petrov, and Konstantin Paustovsky Later, he met Mikhail Zoschenko, Anna Akhmatova, Viktor Ardov, Sergei Mikhalkov, and Kornei Chukovsky Bulgakov s plays at the Moscow Art Theatre were directed by Stanislavsky and Vladimir Nemirovich Danchenko Bugakov s own way of life and his witty criticism of the ugly realities of life in the Soviet Union caused him much trouble His story Heart of a Dog 1925 is a bitter satire about the loss of civilized values in Russia under the Soviet system Soon after, Bulgakov was interrogated by the Soviet secret service, OGPU After interrogations, his personal diary and several unfinished works were confiscated by the secret service His plays were banned in all theaters, which terminated his income Destitute, he wrote to his brother in Paris about his terrible life and poverty in Moscow Bulgakov distanced himself from the Proletariat Writer s Union because he refused to write about the peasants and proletariat He adapted Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol for the stage it became a success but was soon banned.He took a risk and wrote a letter to Joseph Stalin with an ultimatum Let me out of the Soviet Union, or restore my work at the theaters On the 18th of April of 1930, Bulgakov received a telephone call from Joseph Stalin The dictator told the writer to fill an employment application at the Moscow Art Theater Gradually, Bulgakov s plays were back in the repertoire of the Moscow Art Theatre But most other theatres were in fear and did not stage any of the Bulgakov s plays for many years.


    1. هدف بولگاکوف از نوشتن این کتاب، ‌شکنجه روحی مخاطب است. اگر باور ندارید کتاب رو بخونید.

    2. ChronologyIntroduction & SourcesA Note on the TextFurther Reading--A Dead Man's Memoir (A Theatrical Novel)Notes

    3. حافظه انسان چیز خارق‌العاده‌ای است. اتفاقها در حافظه حتی دمی نمی پاید. این است که سعی در منظم کردن حوادث در ذهن و بازآفرینی آنها کاری است غیرممکن. از این حلقه زنجیر دانه‌هایی می افتد، قسمتهایی با درخشش زنده به یاد می‌آید، اما بقیه درهم و برهم تکه و پاره است و در ذهن جز غبار و ر [...]

    4. CENSORSHIP: 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' [...]

    5. It may be heretical to muse along these lines, but I was heartened to imagine what would've been the result of a collaboration between Mikhail Bulgakov and Preston Sturges. My mind's eye sees something similar to 42d Street but with Joel McCrea in the lead as a struggling playwright, Barbara Stanwyck vamping her way into the production, causing the author to rewrite and ruin his artistic vision. The NKVD (led by William Demarest) will undoubtedly swoop in during the final reel. A pipe and mustac [...]

    6. There are some oppressive regimes (well, most of them) where it’s not a good idea to be a wit. Like Burma, for example, where two comedians were sentenced to twenty years hard labour for, um . . . telling jokes. Or, as Bulgakov learned the hard way, when Stalin is King and Russia is tooling up for another war. Black Snow is about censorship but mainly about the inner workings of the Moscow Theatre, how Stanislavsky was a fraud, and how being a playwright in Stalinist Russia was harder than swa [...]

    7. Black Snow is a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov. This apparent platitude is full of contradiction. The book is perhaps better described as an autobiographical episode, with Bulgakov renamed as the book’s central character, Maxudov. It’s also a satire in which the characters are precise, exact and often vicious caricatures of Bulgakov’s colleagues and acquaintances in the between-the-wars Moscow Arts Theatre, including the legendary Stanislawsky. In some ways, Black Snow is a history of Bulgakov [...]

    8. Bulgakov's 'theatrical novel' Black Snow introduces the reader to the unfortunate Maxudov, whose efforts to publish a book, and later to turn that same book (based on his own suicide attempt) into a play, are met with varying degrees of contempt, incompetence and unhelpful interference from the literary contingent of Moscow. It's a typically Russian novel: it feels more modern than it has any right to, brims with sarcastic wit, and is often morbid. It's years since I read The Master and Margarit [...]

    9. Театър на абсурда: knigolandiafo/book-review/tРазбира се, че не бива да се подхожда с очаквания, витаещи из космични висини, щом става дума за Михаил Булгаков, автор на чутовната “Майстора и Маргарита”. Но пък когато корицата смело обявява, че “Театрален роман” е най-смешната творба на [...]

    10. کتاب آنقدر کسالت آور است که حتی برایم مهم نیست آخرش چه می شود. فصل دو و سه اش خوب است ولی زحمت خریدن به خودتان ندهید

    11. داستان درباره نویسنده جوانی ست که در در روزنامه کشتیرانی داستان کوتاه می نویسد وبا آشنا شدن با یک کارگردان تئاتر شروع به نوشتن نمایشنامه ای می کند و بعد برای اجرای ان با گروه تئاتر دچار دردسر می شود و در نهایت خواننده متوجه می شود که نویسنده جوان کل داستان را در قالب نامه ای پس [...]

    12. I like the cut of this Bulgakov guy’s jib. His books are so funny and so melancholy, and he can’t contain his hatred of the Russian literary world.

    13. This is literally a rant/burn book that Bulgakov churned out in a few hours. You get the point (that the theater scene in Moscow is ridiculous) in about twenty pages and unless you know quite a bit about twentieth century Soviet theater it will be pretty difficult to pick up on his many detailed burns on specific people. The supplementary materials and introduction are really interesting but the book itself didn't do much for me, I skimmed the last third. Apparently Bulgakov set this aside to co [...]

    14. 4.99 starsbrilliant and funny and just lovely. especially after having just suffered through that godawful kundera garbage. in a hurry. will come back to say more if i have a chance. if i forget, just take away that i definitely recommend this quick read (and really, anything else by bulgakov)

    15. در ابتدا داستان خیلی خوب شروع شد و من کاملا مجذوبش شدم، ولی رفته رفته ریتم داستان کمی کند و خسته کننده شد.تاجایی که برخلاف عادت همیشگیم، برای مدتی کنار گذاشتمش. ولی پایان رو دوست داشتم. و در کل اگر کتاب رو به پنح قسمت تقسیم کنم، بجز قسمت های سوم و چهارم بقیه کتاب جالبه و ارزش یک ب [...]

    16. Bulgakov knows how to write a fine novel - this one all about the hilariously bizarre and frustrating world of stage plays.It ends very abruptly, but the author was about to die. A shame, but it can be more than excused. A wonderfully funny book.

    17. با جون کندن تمومش کردم. نمیدونم مشکل از کتاب بود یا اشتیاق من:/

    18. Many years ago I read and loved 'Black Snow', Mikhail Bulgakov’s satire on the literary and theatrical world of Moscow in the 30’s, so 'A Dead Man’s Memoir (A Theatrical Novel)' caught my eye in the local library. And it turns out to be a new translation (a livelier one) of the same book. It arose from Bulgakov’s fraught dealings with the Moscow Art Theatre and its famous actor/director Constantin Stanislavski. They had had a fruitful relationship after Bulgakov’s very successful first [...]

    19. Strangely a few years back I've read this book only through the first 11 chapters of the 1999 Vintage Edition of Black Snow. The reason for this is because of a print failure where after p.102 of Chapter 12 came a reprint of p.47-70 then continuing with p.127 of Chapter 13! This was appalling for me because it was as if you were watching your favorite movie, and right at the climax of the film the electricity goes out! So below is a re-read version review of Black Snow of the 2005 Random House U [...]

    20. Melotu, ja teiktu, ka bez Silvijas Radzobes pēcvārda saprastu, par kuriem personāžiem un teātriem te ir runa. Bet lasīt tik un tā būtu patīkami, jo Bulgakovs teātra pasauli uzgleznojis tik mīlamu, bet tai pašā laikā absurdu, ka bauda lasīt.

    21. The apparent ease with which Bulgakov can skewer pretentiousness, both on a personal level as well as on a wider social perspective is found here in "Black Snow". The general target is the theatrical scene in Russia, but the specific satirical barbs converge on a character identified by critics as Stanislavsky. This is of course a narrower world than that covered in his masterpiece "The Master and Margarita", but the same wide-eyed innocence of the narrator, which precisely because of this allow [...]

    22. Black Snow is one of those books that is easy to read but hard to pick up. You know the type. Fun, light, well written, but for some reason you’re just not sucked in. You look at it sitting on the nightstand, beckoning you, but you just groan and waste a little more time checking Facebook or hustling up another Words With Friends game. Black Snow is a farce by Mikhail Bulgakov, writer of the brilliant The Master and Margarita and Heart of a Dog. Black Snow is a fictionalized account of Bulgako [...]

    23. 3.5 stars.So parts of this book are completely gorgeous and it's totally hilarious, but I'm not sure how mainstream this book might be. For people like me, who've worked in the theatre and studied Russian history, it was very funny but otherwise, it’s pretty obscure. I really enjoyed the skewering of Stanislavsky and his method (Which is the WORST.) You get the impression that underneath all the angst and sarcasm Bulgakov really loves the theatre – he really does capture how enchanting it ca [...]

    24. Black Snow is about the frustrations a writer experiences after being contracted by a theater company to write the play from a novel he had written. Mikhail Bulgakov has a striking ability to evoke the sinister or the comic from a scene and in Black Snow he does this, displaying the pathos and the cheer in life.The key line of the book, in my opinion, is "I floated home, trying not to see the ugly truth of life all around me." (p69)And on the comic end of the spectrum, there is this:"'I agree th [...]

    25. I love Bulgakov's Master and Margarita, and this holds up almost as well. I love the despair displayed in this novel. It is similar to the feel of Crime and Punishment, but without the madness or anger. There are highs, lows and ridiculous arbiters controlling the protagonist's life. I don't know how Bulgakov managed to keep it together under the craziness of Stalinist Russia or why he chose to stay, but his writing is amazing and he does a great job expressing the feel of what it must have been [...]

    26. Devrim sonrası Sovyetlerdeki parti yönetimi ve bürokrasiyi kara mizahla anlatan bir yarı otobiyografik roman. Aslında dönemi çok güzel hicvediyor ancak kişi, yer, gazete, dergi vb adlar değiştirildiğinden sıklıkla dipnotlara başvurmak okurken yoruyor insanı. Edebiyat ve özellikle tiyatro üzerinden o dönem yönetiminin sanata bakışını yerden yere vuruyor. Bulgakov hayranıysanız ve zaman sorununuz yoksa okuyun, yoksa öncelenevek bir eser değil diyorum.

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