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By J. A. E. Curtis

Released in 1987, this publication used to be the 1st full-length interpretative research in English of the later writings of the phenomenal Soviet novelist and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940). the focal point is the Nineteen Thirties, the interval whilst Bulgakov was once writing The grasp and Margarita, a rare novel that has had a profound effect within the Soviet Union and that's now in most cases considered as his masterpiece. utilizing fabric from Soviet records and libraries, Dr Curtis means that Bulgakov's basic preoccupation during this movel with the future of literature and of the author is mirrored in different significant works of an identical interval, specifically his writings on Pushkin and Molière. Bulgakov emerges as a belated romantic, a determine detailed at the early Soviet literacy scene.

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Rd be better acting instead of you. But you can't, you can't do it. So I stifled it all and began to defend myself. Three days later the same. He patted my hand and said that I needed to be rubbed up the right way, and then it was the whole business all over again. In other words rve got to write in something about Moliere's signifi­ cance for the theatre, and somehow I've got to demonstrate that Moliere was a genius, and so on. otion, and harming the play itself; but writing green patches into the trousers of a black tail-coat!

He particularly enjoyed his notebooks. 53 Chekhov did in one sense represent an older-brother figure for Bulgakov, as was recognized by the Assistant Director of MKhAT, V. G. Sakhnovsky, in a letter of June 1934 where he commented to Bulgakov that for the younger generation at the theatre The Days The tempering of the steel 21 ofthe Turbins had been 'a new Chayka (Seagull)'. 54 While Bulgakov would have appreciated Sakhnovsky's intended compliment regarding his play's importance for the development of the theatre, he may have had reservations about any parallels between himself and Chekhov as a personality.

273) This outburst is vehement, certainly, but it is scarcely Moliere athis most considered In his state of extreme anxiety, Louis XIV becomes the scapegoat for evil which has largely been brought 44 Bulgakov's last decade about by Charron. Bulgakov emphasizes that the speech is not to be taken strictly at face value by the way Bouton undermines the force of his words as he desperately attempts to suggest to imagined eavesdroppers that Moliere is actually praising the King. On the one hand, the fact that he resorts to such a trick is an indication of the very real fear that he has of the repressive authorities; on the other, the fact that it is playacting - and poor playacting at that stresses the pathetic absurdity of the scene.

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