The Master and Margarita


Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802190510
Category: Fiction
Page: 402
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I first read Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita on a balcony of the Hotel Metropole in Saigon on three summer evenings in 1971. The tropical air was heavy and full of the smells of cordite and motorcycle exhaust and rotting fish and wood-fire stoves, and the horizon flared ambiguously, perhaps from heat lightning, perhaps from bombs. Later each night, as was my custom, I would wander out into the steamy back alleys of the city, where no one ever seemed to sleep, and crouch in doorways with the people and listen to the stories of their culture and their ancestors and their ongoing lives. Bulgakov taught me to hear something in those stories that I had not yet clearly heard. One could call it, in terms that would soon thereafter gain wide currency, "magical realism". The deadpan mix of the fantastic and the realistic was at the heart of the Vietnamese mythos. It is at the heart of the present zeitgeist. And it was not invented by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as wonderful as his One Hundred Years of Solitude is. Garcia Marquez's landmark work of magical realism was predated by nearly three decades by Bulgakov's brilliant masterpiece of a novel. That summer in Saigon a vodka-swilling, talking black cat, a coven of beautiful naked witches, Pontius Pilate, and a whole cast of benighted writers of Stalinist Moscow and Satan himself all took up permanent residence in my creative unconscious. Their presence, perhaps more than anything else from the realm of literature, has helped shape the work I am most proud of. I'm often asked for a list of favorite authors. Here is my advice. Read Bulgakov. Look around you at the new century. He will show you things you need to see.

The Master and Margarita

A Graphic Novel
Author: Andrzej Klimowski,Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov
Publisher: SelfMadeHero
ISBN: N.A
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 127
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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.

The White Guard


Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571271146
Category: Drama
Page: 112
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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. . .

The Heart Of A Dog


Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 140908793X
Category: Fiction
Page: 144
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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.

Manuscripts Don't Burn: Mikhail Bulgakov: A life in letters


Author: J. A E Curtis
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 146830139X
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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In his lifetime, Mikhail Bulgakov was scarcely published. A quarter of a century after his death, his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, became a worldwide bestseller. In Manuscripts Don't Burn the title a line from his famous novel, J.A. E. Curtis presents a gripping chronicle of Bulgakov's life, using as source material, among other documents, a partial copy of one of his diaries which was presumed lost and uncovered decades later in the KGB’s archives. That diary and those of his third wife record the nightmarish precariousness of life during the Stalinist purges. Also included are letters to Stalin, in which Bulgakov pleads to be allowed to emigrate; letters to his siblings; intimate notes to his second and third wives; and letters to and from other writers such as Gorky and Zamyatin.

Richard Flanagan

Critical Essays
Author: Robert Dixon,Ben Holgate,Joseph Cummins,Laura A. White,Bill Ashcroft,Salhia-Ben Messahel,Marc Delrez,Margaret Harris,Nathanael O’Reilly,Theodore F. Sheckels,Nicholas Birns,Liliana Zavaglia
Publisher: Sydney University Press
ISBN: 1743325827
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 226
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Richard Flanagan: Critical Essays is the first book to be published about the life and work of this major world author. Written by twelve leading critics from Australia, Europe and North America, these richly varied essays offer new ways of understanding Flanagan’s contribution to Tasmanian, Australian and world literature. Flanagan’s fictional worlds offer empathetic, often poignant, renderings of those whose voices have been lost beneath official accounts of history, stories from a small region that have made their mark on a global scale. Considering his seven novels as well as his non-fiction, journalism and correspondence, this collection examines the historical and geographical factors that have shaped Flanagan’s representation of Tasmanian identity. This collection offers new insights into a determinedly regional writer, and the impact he has had on a local, national and global scale.

Fatal Eggs


Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
Publisher: Alma Books
ISBN: 1847493939
Category: Fiction
Page: 160
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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 -

Great Expectations


Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0307758370
Category: Fiction
Page: 112
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One of Charles Dickens’s most fascinating novels, Great Expectations follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a childhood of misery and poverty after an anonymous benefactor offers him a chance at the life of a gentleman. From the young Pip’s first terrifying encounter with the convict Magwitch in the gloom of a graveyard to the splendidly morbid set pieces in Miss Havisham’s mansion to the magnificently realized boat chase down the Thames, Great Expectations is filled with the transcendent excitement that Dickens could so abundantly provide. Written in 1860, at the height of his maturity, it also reveals the novelist’s bittersweet understanding of the extent to which our deepest moral dilemmas are born of our own obsessions and illusions. This edition includes Dickens’s original, discarded conclusion to the novel, the 1907 Everyman preface by G. K. Chesterton, and twenty illustrations by F. W. Pailthorpe. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) From the Hardcover edition.

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
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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

Envy


Author: Юрий Карлович Олеша,Marian Schwartz
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590170861
Category: Fiction
Page: 152
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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 Death of Vishnu


Author: Manil Suri
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408833255
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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Vishnu, the odd-job man in a Bombay apartment block, lies dying on the staircase landing. Around him the lives of the apartment dwellers unfold - the warring housewives on the first floor, the lovesick teenagers on the second, and the widower, alone and quietly grieving at the top of the building. In a fevered state Vishnu looks back on his love affair with the seductive Padmini and comedy becomes tragedy as his life draws to a close.

Nixon Under the Bodhi Tree and Other Works of Buddhist Fiction


Author: Kate Wheeler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861713540
Category: Fiction
Page: 260
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A collection of thirty stories by Buddhist writers covers a wide range of forms and topics, including short-shorts; fictionalized memoirs; and contributions by internationally known writers like Dinty W. Moore, Doris Dorrie, and Lama Surya Das, among others. Original.

Indefatigable Love


Author: Curdy Dortch
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 1616631333
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 174
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When Garret saw the beautiful woman across the bar he knew that she was the only one for him. New to Germany and looking for love, Garrett thought he had found the woman of his dreams. But Irmgard had other ideas. She was not at all tempted by Garrett's immediate request for her hand, and rejected him without a second thought. But over time, his good nature and sweet patience won her over and she leapt at the chance to have the happiness she had missed out on in her childhood. Despite the struggles of finding family approval, moving across continents, giving birth, and raising a family, Garrett and Irmgard found a strength and comfort in each other that they could not have found anywhere else and a love that no amount of trials could destroy. Indefatigable Love is a true story about finding love and living life believing in God's steadfastness that will touch and inspire romantics of all ages. Join Garrett and Irmgard on their journey of love, acceptance, and commitment, and learn what it really means to fall in love at first sight.

This Is Memorial Device

An Hallucinated Oral History of the Post-Punk Music Scene in Airdrie, Coatbridge and environs 1978–1986
Author: David Keenan
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571330843
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2017 ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE MONTH LRB BOOK OF THE WEEK CAUGHT BY THE RIVER BOOK OF THE MONTH This Is Memorial Device, the debut novel by David Keenan, is a love letter to the small towns of Lanarkshire in the west of Scotland in the late 1970s and early 80s as they were temporarily transformed by the endless possibilities that came out of the freefall from punk rock. It follows a cast of misfits, drop-outs, small town visionaries and would-be artists and musicians through a period of time where anything seemed possible, a moment where art and the demands it made were as serious as your life. At its core is the story of Memorial Device, a mythic post-punk group that could have gone all the way were it not for the visionary excess and uncompromising bloody-minded belief that served to confirm them as underground legends. Written in a series of hallucinatory first-person eye-witness accounts that capture the prosaic madness of the time and place, heady with the magic of youth recalled, This Is Memorial Device combines the formal experimentation of David Foster Wallace at his peak circa Brief Interviews With Hideous Men with moments of delirious psychedelic modernism, laugh out loud bathos and tender poignancy.

The Union Moujik


Author: Janvier Tisi,Janvier Chando
Publisher: Publishamerica Incorporated
ISBN: 9781413779547
Category: Fiction
Page: 84
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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.

Diaries and Selected Letters


Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
Publisher: Alma Books
ISBN: 0714545600
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 289
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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.

Six plays


Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
Publisher: Methuen Pub Ltd
ISBN: N.A
Category: Drama
Page: 416
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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.

Life and Fate


Author: Vasily Grossman
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590176545
Category: Fiction
Page: 896
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A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth century. Interweaving a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia, Vasily Grossman fashions an immense, intricately detailed tapestry depicting a time of almost unimaginable horror and even stranger hope.Life and Fate juxtaposes bedrooms and snipers’ nests, scientific laboratories and the Gulag, taking us deep into the hearts and minds of characters ranging from a boy on his way to the gas chambers to Hitler and Stalin themselves. This novel of unsparing realism and visionary moral intensity is one of the supreme achievements of modern Russian literature.

The Life of Monsieur de Molière: A Portrait by Mikhail Bulgakov


Author: Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811225267
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 259
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This portrait of Moliere, by Mikhail Bulgakov, goes far beyond mere biography. The Russian master brings a kindred spirit vividly to life in this novelistic story of art and the struggle it demands. Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Life of Monsieur de Moliere is a fascinating portrait of the great French seventeenth-century satirist by one of the great Russian satirists of our own century. For Bulgakov, Moliere was an alter ego whose destiny seemed to parallel his own. As Bulgakov’s translator, Mirra Ginsburg, informs us: "There is much besides their craft that links these two men across the centuries. Both had a sharp satirical eye and an infinite capacity for capturing the absurd and the comic, the mean and the grotesque: both had to live and write under autocracies: both were fearless and uncompromising in speaking of what they saw, evoking storms with each new work: and shared what Bulgakov calls ’the incurable disease of passion for the theater.’ The life of Moliere, born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, is a story of struggle and dedication, and Bulgakov tells it with warmth and compassion. Indeed, for all Bulgakov’s careful attention to historical detail, his vivid recreation of seventeenth-century France makes The Life of Monsieur de Moliereread more like a novel than a formal biography. Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1949) is best known in the West for his monumental novel The Master and Margarita. His The Life of Monsieur de Moliere, completed in 1933, was not published until 1962. Mirra Ginsburg’s translation of this neglected masterpiece will find a welcome readership among devotees of the theater and of modern Russian literature.

The Master and Margarita


Author: Edward Kemp
Publisher: Oberon Books Limited
ISBN: 9781840024487
Category: Drama
Page: 126
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A new adaptation of the magical satire by Mikhail Bulgakov.