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В «Дьяволиаде» раскрывается проблема «маленького человека», ставшего жертвой советской бюрократической машины, которая в больном воображении главного героя, делопроизводителя Короткова, ассоциируется с дьявольской силой. Уволенный служащий, не сумев справиться с этой силой и проиграв в столкновении с ней, сходит с ума и в отчаянии бросается с крыши многоэтажного здания, сп ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1925)
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Glenn Russell
Jun 02, 2014 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Considering there are dozens and dozens of reviews of The Master and Margarita and my review of this collection of Bulgakov tales published some twenty years ago is one of the first on Goodreads, it is fair to say many readers have committed an oversight. Which is unfortunate since these short works are masterpieces in their own right. If you love The Master and Margarita you will also love reading this book. There are eleven tales here, two of which - Diaboliad and The Fatal Eggs - are long eno ...more
Jul 19, 2015 Stian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains five different stories by Bulgakov:
The Fatal Eggs
No. 13, the Elpit-Workers' Commune
A Chinese Tale
The Adventures of Chichikov

I did not read the final story, as I will wait until I've read Gogol's Dead Souls before I do that. The only story I didn't like very much was No. 13, the Elpit-Workers' Commune, which I failed to appreciate: it was chaotic and not particularly interesting.

The other stories, however, are great. Diaboliad is an absolutely hilarious story, a funn
Jan 04, 2013 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ana by: Ana
This I picked when at a friend's home, out of the sheer need to read something, because I had forgotten mine at home. I finished the book the same evening, as well as The Fatal Egg , a story by the same author.

This was humorous, especially because trying to imagine all the mess made me laugh at times. It's very short but also very energetic, at all times something is happening and if you miss on it, you don't understand a thing!

I get the feeling I'll be reading some more from Bulgakov, becaus
Andrei Tamaş
Sep 08, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Povestea unui funcționar dus la pierzanie de doi gemeni. Cadrul e specific lui Bulgakov: o lume lugubră cu personaje care apar și dispar (când, în fapt, totul e explicat prin prisma realului). Citind "Maestrul și Margareta", mă așteptam la ceva mai mult de la acest roman. Oricum, nimeni nu a excelat prin întreaga creație, iar Bulgakov e demn de a fi respectat pentru curajul de care a dat dovadă publicând aceste opere în contextul în care Rusia era guvernată de un pragmatic regim comunist.
Ronald Morton
Dec 14, 2015 Ronald Morton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
There are times when I loathe the star system here. I know some people choose to ignore it entirely, but my OCD tells me that I have to fill it in, so I always do. But I have no idea what rating to give a book that is as inconsistent as this one is.

On the high end, The Fatal Eggs is fantastic. Both a deeply funny satire and a weird science fiction novella/short story (at a 100 pages it doesn't feel like short story in appropriate), it should be essential reading if you like Bulgakov. Maybe pick
Dragomir Alexandru
Descifrarea completă a analizelor sociale, religioase şi mai ales politice din opera lui Bulgakov mă duce cu gândul la încercarea dezlegării unui nod gordian cu mâinile goale. Nu îmi va fi greu să recunosc că aceste două nuvele nu se ridică la nivelul operei sale principale, ''Maestrul şi Margareta''.
Stilul este acelaşi, însă lipseşte profunzimea. Am avut de gând să renunţ la lectură, apoi am vrut să îi acord trei stele, dar mă voi limita la două datorită scrierii secundare.
Apr 21, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It'd be nigh on impossible to fault Bulgakov. One of those Russian writers whose name should be held in the same reverence as those other masters Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.

He's as capable with these surreal, satirical shorts as he is with sagas (The White Guard) and masterpiece epics (The Master and Margarita). He can evoke the chaos and confusion of his times while still managing to net let it impose too greatly on a great story. His characters are all memorable and vital and there's an ease to
Anna Kļaviņa
3 stories

Diaboliad (Дьяволиада, 1924)

The Fatal Eggs (Роковые яйца, 1924)

Heart of a Dog (Собачье сердце, 1925)
Jul 07, 2015 Rafa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curioso híbrido entre Chéjov y Roberto Arlt. Leeré algo más de él.
Jan 25, 2016 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of early short stories of Bulgakov, more precisely the eponymous "Diaboliad", "The Fatal Eggs", "No. 13, the Elpit-Workers' Commune", "A Chinese Tale" and "The Adventures of Chichikov". Reading the foreword after finishing the actual stories might be a good idea, since it basically briefly retells the content of them, as well as providing a short analysis for each piece. The quality of the stories greatly differs in my opinion. "Diaboliad", being the first one out of the bunch, actu ...more
Libricino che include due racconti, Diavoleide e Le avventure di Čičikov. Avendo letto uno dei due racconti con un madrelingua russo e basandomi sulle osservazioni fatte durante la lettura, posso dire che la traduzione è fatta bene, decisamente meglio di quella di Newton Compton.
In fondo al libricino sono presenti note che aiutano il lettore a decifrare alcuni giochi di parole di Bulgakov: a mio avviso sono essenziali per la comprensione dei testi. È presente anche una brevissima nota alla tradu
May 03, 2016 Benino rated it really liked it
This collection of five short stories shows Bulgakov the satirist taking flight from his more historical approach to the Russian revolution.'Fatal Eggs', the centre piece of this collection, stands as the most developed with its stark cynicism and fantastic pastiche of early Soviet society. It stands as a fascinating depiction of the role of the scientist as outsider whose work is always misinterpreted, and ultimately appropriated to disastrous ends, and seems very akin to his novella The Heart ...more
Şahin Kalkay
Orjinal edisyondan farklı olarak bu kitapta sadece "Diaboliad-Şeytani" isimli öykünün olduğunu önceden belirttikten sonra; kitap hakkında söyleyeceğim ilk şey, basım kalitesine gösterilen özenin diğer editöryel ayrıntılarda gösterilmediği.

Hikaye karakterimizin yaptığı bir yazım hatasıyla başlıyor. Rusça'nın alemeti farikasına sonucu gerçekleşen bu hatayı maalesef hakkıyla çevirememişler ve bu hatanın ne olduğunu anlamlandırabilmek adına daha güzel bir dipnot metni hazırlanabileceğini veya daha
Guy Salvidge
The tile story, 'Diaboliad', is excellent and something of a precursor to the author's most famous novel. The same cannot be said for the rest of the collection. 'The Fatal Eggs' is about 100 pages in length and it only really gets going in the last 30 or so. It's a SF story in the manner of H. G. Well and it features giant, man-eating snakes and ostriches. Right. Then there's a terrible deus ex machina. Apparently Bulgakov had to change the ending to a happier one. To no avail, it was suppresse ...more
May 31, 2014 ulli_z rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der Teufel hat seine Hand im Spiel und bedient sich der Unbedarften, um zu zerstören, was kluge Köpfe aufgebaut haben - das ist vermutlich die kürzestmögliche Zusammenfassung von Bulgakows "Teufeliaden". Leider entgehen dem historisch nicht ausreichend informierten Leser viele der satirischen, politischen und zeithistorischen Feinheiten dieser Kurzgeschichten, die ansonsten teils fast wie SF (im Sinne von "speculative fiction"), teils kafkaesk anmuten. Ich empfehle eine Ausgabe mit literaturwiss ...more
Aug 23, 2013 Claudiu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am not a great fan of Russian authors. Sure, I have some Sci-Fi fancies in that area, but I've generally steered clear of Russian literature. Maybe it's because of their popularity, maybe it's because most of them are quoted by utterly self-absorbed people who somehow consider their literary preference gives them intellectual superiority...maybe it's because I've constantly had something else to read. Who can tell? I just haven't read them before.

Can't really say that this short foray into th
Jun 01, 2013 Monika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: surrealizmus
„Bite Dyrkina, bite ho. Alebo si šanujete ruku? Tak svietnikom.“

Ak vám bolo divej surrealistickej naháňačky za diablom Wolandom a jeho suitou málo, tak si uchlipnite halucinogénnej Diaboliády; ešte podivnejšie stavy mysle zaručené.

„Za Korotkovom rýchlo a veselo pukali výstreli ako vianočné petardy... Sklená tabuľa s nápisom Reštaurácia a pivo, ktorá visela na rohu, sa rozpukla do hviezdy a starší fiakrista s unavenou tvárou si presadol z kozlíka na zem so slovami:
„No zbohom! To musíte, chlapci,
In this collection of short stories by Mikhail Bulgakov, the full range of the author's talents are displayed, from satire to science-fiction. The five stories range in length and subject but all relate to Bulgakov's experiences during the often Kafkaesque Stalinist period in the 1920s and 30s.

The first, "Diaboliad" is a scathing satire of Soviet bureaucracy and the nightmarish conditions in Moscow at the time. The Byzantine scale of Soviet officialdom is linked to the demonic - a frequent theme
Sep 01, 2014 Annett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Auch ohne den politischen Hintergrund ganz genau zu kennen, vor dem Bulgakow schreibt, machen seine schrägen Erzählungen Spass. Einige Charaktere stammen aus anderen Erzählungen bzw. Romanen und leben hier noch ein wenig weiter. Vielleicht noch ein bisschen schräger als in ihren Ursprungsgeschichten. Mit "Hundeherz" ist ein Klassiker Teil dieser Sammlung, der die Geschichte des Strassenhundes Bello nachzeichnet, dem ein menschliches Gehirn eingesetzt wird... .
May 14, 2015 Brett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can certainly see the comparisons to Kafka, but Bulgakov has a manic intensity that, while fun, works only occasionally well. Some of the shorter stories are plotted seemingly at random and the absurdity seems simply to be used for atmospheric effect or to put another hurdle in the protagonist's way.

That being said, Diaboliad is great, enough to justify checking out this short collection.
incipit mania
Mar 06, 2016 incipit mania marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bulgakov-m

All’epoca in cui tutti saltabeccavano da un posto di lavoro all’altro, il compagno Korotkov si teneva ben stretto il suo incarico di segretario presso la SeCenPriMatFiam.....

Nov 16, 2014 Andrada rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-classics
I didn’t really like either of the two novellas(in English as far as I could find out, they are translated as the Fatal Eggs and Diaboliad) included in this edition. The first was more tolerable than the second that was just too nonsensical for my taste. Bulgakov doesn’t really do persecution as well as Kafka or as finely tuned as Dostoievski. While reading Diaboliad, I remembered the passages of the Master of Margarita that I didn’t enjoy that had the same nonsensical flavour. It can be good if ...more
Dec 02, 2013 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mikhail Bulgakov is one of my favourite authors because he has such a magnificent way of painting a scene that you cannot help but be drawn to it.
The best example of this is 'The Fatal Eggs', a Communist dystopian apocalyptic story, a description which sounds admittedly strange, but which mostly manages to capture the novella without giving any spoilers. It is gripping and, without a doubt, the funniest story I have read in a while. At several points throughout, especially towards the end, I was
Anthelia  Amazes
"Mais au fait, pourquoi est-ce que je pleure alors que j'ai du vin ?" marmonna-t'il soudain.
Une totale loufoquerie, qui laisse présager la géniale loufoquerie que sera "Le Maître et Marguerite".
Apr 20, 2016 şamil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1 saatte bitirilebilecek bi kitap.Yayınevinin puntoları büyük tutması sonucu 80 sayfayı kaplamış.Hikaye kafkanınkilere benziyor. Garip bi şey tam anlamadım bi şeyleri eleştiriyor gibi.
Jan 13, 2016 Onurius rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Neyin neden olduğunu anlamadan "pat!" diye biten bir kitap. Nedensellik bağı zayıf olduğundan eserde bir havada kalmışlık duygusu hakim. Bulgakov sevdiğim bir yazar olmasına rağmen okurken keyif almadım.
Feb 15, 2013 Rannazora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wonder if anyone of other than Slavic origin can enjoy Bulgakov's novels so much. The language and style is just amazingly witty and colourful. I read this book in Slovak and it contained also biography of the author, which was for me as interesting as the book itself. It is admirable that a man struggling so much through his whole life created so light toned and witty novellas. I also found Bulgakov's own comments about his work (The Fatal Eggs) very fitting, containing honest self-criticism. ...more
Aug 18, 2015 Madalena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great collection of short stories that use fantastic realism, surrealism and the absurd to satirise communist Russia.
Monika Wolska
Opowiadanie jak seria z karabinu maszynowego! Po bolszewickich trupach szatańskimi kopytami..
erzija s pricama: davolijada, crvena kruna, ubio sam, rucnik s pijetlom, morfij
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Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kiev in May 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 ...more
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