Notes on the Cuff and Other Stories
Şi aceasta -ca şi celelalte scrieri scurte, de altfel- a indus cititorii din epoca în derută, deoarece subiectul este relativ ambiguu şi capătă multe interpretări (printre care şi neliniştea omului în aspiraţia spre absolut pe un fundal al "fugii" industriale).
Some events during the Soviet era were so bizarre it seems that they could only be works of satire. This collection of Mikhail Bulgakov’s earliest short stories, written between 1920 and 1921, highlights the horror, pathos and comic absurdity of the period.
The longest story in the collection, “Notes on the Cuff” is an (only slightly) satirical account of Bulgakov's early writing career, including the two months he spent as secretary of LITO, the Literary Department of the Central Political Enlig...more
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Read this book!
Start with 'The Murderer', if you want to try out thinking well of a murderer. I immediately started reading again, and then again, after finishing this story.
Start here too if you're hesitant.
As well you might be. The stories are about chaos so, of course, are sometimes chaotic.
Ease yourself into them.
I'd suggest giving yourself time to savour each story in between reading.
Don't even think about enjoying them as ...more
I was excited to find a Bulgakov book that I hadn't yet read appear in translation. But the excitement did not extend to the actual reading, which explained why these are not very common. The title novella Notes on the Cuff is about a doctor/writer (much like Bulgakov), focusing on a series of incidents during the civil war, and not nearly as good as A Dead Man's Memoir (aka Black Snow), which it ...more