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It certainly is.
Bulgakov was a literary genius, that's the only conclusion I can draw. Not only does he maintain complete control over a narrative that segues constantly from the pano ...more
I've just finished The White Guard and I think it will stay with me for some time.
I have the 2009 edition from Yale University Press which includes an introduction by the translator Marian Schwartz, as well as an introduction by Russian history professor Evgeny Dobrenko, who explains the historical and political context of the novel. I would encourage readers to seek out this edition, and to read the two introductions first.
While The White Guard, Bulgakov's first novel, doesn't have the same sur...more
Sebbene l'elemento paranormale, che ha reso famoso Bulgakov ne Il Maestro e Margherita, faccia solo una breve comparsa, lo stile dell'autore è immediatamente riconoscibile.
Meravigliosa e unica la parte in cui Bulgakov descrive gli stati d'animo di Elena, Nikolka, Anjuta e Lariosik esclusivame ...more
It is 1918, and Kiev in the Ukraine is at the swirling centre of the forces unleashed by war and revolution. The three Turbin siblings live in the house of their recently deceased mother in the city. They are White Russians, still loyal to the Russian Tsar, hoping against hope that he may have escaped the Bolsheviks and be living still. But there are other factions too – the German Army have installed a puppet leader, the Hetman Skoropadsky, and the Ukrania ...more
1/2: Kiev is protected by an uneasy alliance. Two brothers discover it's a bad time to be Tsarist. Stars Paul Hilton and James Loye.
2/2: The Turbin brothers find their survival skills tested, and Elena is driven to intense prayer.
This tim ...more
Bulgakov is best-known for his "Master and Margarit ...more
The leaders of the Whites flee the city, leaving few instructions to those left behind, mostly Cadets. Many of the Cadets and officers are killed but some are able to flee.
The Turbin family, two brothers and their sister, show how this confusion and disaster affected the people of Kiev o ...more
"Alexei, Elena, Talberg, Anyuta the maid who had grown up in the Turbins' house, and young Nikolka, stunned by the death, a lock of hair falling ...more
This was the author’s first novel, and became better known by means of a play based on the book. It is the story of the battles of the Russian Revolution as they occurred in around the city of Kiev. Little is known about the battles on the Eastern Front during WW I, and about as much about the Revolution in the Ukraine region. This novel focuses on the adventures of one family in Kiev, the Turbins, in the year 1918. What Bulgakov did was to tell his ...more
This isn't a horror story, and it doesn't have any gore, but the functioning and the breakdown of society; life of a family in such a society with its hopes and fears in absence of clear outcome is a fearsome sight to behold. This is especially true when we look back to contemplate the uneasy history of UkrSSR that followed and hundreds of thousands of people's lives dest ...more
Read this for the first time some 25 years ago. Read it, understood it. Loved it, obviously.
few years later i myself went through a similar experience of confusion and war.
i read it now again, and i tell you: only now I FELT IT, thoroughly.
it is obviously a brilliant work: full to the brim with the smell of winter and cold, anguish, war, confusion (who is who and what will happen tomorrow), emotional to the bursting, hints of upcoming love, uncertainty. ...more
It was good, although I find the book description on the used marketplace where I bought it which said it was, "lovely" quite laughable. It’s your typical wa ...more
Nije lak za čitanje jer zahteva veliko predznanje konteksta u kojem se radnja odvija:
- poznavanje Grada, njegove fizionomije i topografije, Bulgakov precizno pozicionira radnju u sokake i komšiluke kao da smo svi rođeni u Kijevu i da lako možemo da pratimo likove dok preskaču plotove i iskradaju se iz jednog dela grada u drugi ili dok armije okružuju i stež ...more
The White Guard is one of those amazing masterpieces. The story takes place right post Russian Revolution. The times ar ...more
In the Russian context, White connoted three designations:
1. political contra-distinction to the Reds, whose revolutionary Red Army supported the Bolsheviks and Communism;
2. historical reference to absolute monarchy, specifically united Russia’s first Tsar, Ivan III (1462–1505), styled “Albus Rex” (“ ...more
Коли читаєш цю книгу, то сам переносишся в події майже столітньої давності. Як же автор класно описав Київ, просто шик! І це в той час, коли там населення становило 700 тисяч населення, місто надзвичайно гарне, відчуваєш його красу всіма органами тіла.
Всі події відбуваються в дуже малий проміжок часу, але вони дуже насичені, героїв роману багато. Заплутатись легко. Але кожен персонаж унікальний, і таке враження, що то ...more
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