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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
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
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
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  Matsuyama
3 stories

Diaboliad (Дьяволиада, 1924)

The Fatal Eggs (Роковые яйца, 1924)

Heart of a Dog (Собачье сердце, 1925)
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
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
„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
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... .
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
erzija s pricama: davolijada, crvena kruna, ubio sam, rucnik s pijetlom, morfij
For Diaboliad itself: I'm sorry, but Kafka did it better.
Ka nii lühikeses jutustuses, nagu seda on Diaboliaad, jõuab Bulgakov pöörata õhustiku aina sügavamale negatiivi. Purustades sammhaaval reaalsuse, viib Bulgakov lõpuks tegevuse absoluutselt deemonliku kulminatsioonini, mis oma maksimumini arendatud kuradi-temaatikaga mõjub oma sürreaalsuses vägagi hirmutavalt. Reaalsustaju kadu, mis meid alguses paneb naerma, siis nutma ja lõpuks piiluma voodi alla, jätab kaant sulgedes nii mõnegi laubale külma higipisara.
Diaboliada je kratky humorny kafkovsky pribeh jednotlivca proti byrokratickej masine. Osudne vajcia je sikovne scifi o mizantropickom profesorovi a co sa stane, ked propagacia a masy zacnu pouzivat vedecke objavy pred ich poriadnym preskumanin mirnix dirnix "v prospech spolocnosti". Bulgakov velmi dobre vykresluje profesora, ktory nechce slavu, peniaze ani obdiv, chce len aby ho ludia nechali na pokoji robit pokusy so svojim lucom a zabami.
Alena B.
This novel is classical Bulgakov - like most of people know him from his books
Five stories by my favorite Russian author. Probably not the best introduction to Bulgakov, and probably much easier to understand if you've read the Gogol or Dostoyevsky that he's responding to (I hadn't), but still enjoyable all the same. "Fatal Eggs" is the stand-out; "Diaboliad" is indeed nightmarish, not unlike a frenetic "Man Who Was Thursday."
I just read the one short story. Because I really liked Master and Margarita. I think you have to be a Russian and also from the 1920s to fully appreciate it. There are funny interactions between people occasionally, though.
Roberto Palomba
Fantastic allegory of the bureaucratic machine, in the Russia of the 30's, cert, but timeless. Very short read, and very dynamic. One feels carried around in the vortex with the poor character.
A short story on Russian bureaucracy, mixing Kafka with early 20st century horror/sci fi elements. Terry Gilliam could make an excellent movie out of this.
Yves Panis
Petite nouvelle fantastique du grand Boulgakov. Ambiance Brazil. Dans l'enfer de la bureaucratie soviétique....
Ivano Porpora
Un libro davvero molto interessante, pieno di moto, d'azione, di deflussi, di spostamenti.
Łukasz Bartosik
To tell the truth it was confusing and i didn't understand much, but it was a really nice read.
Svetlana Zakharova
классика, конечно.
помню восторг, но надо бы перечитать.
Honestly, I have no idea what I just read.
Jaan Erik
Nii segane, et jabur.
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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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