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Notes on the Cuff and Other Stories

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The stories collected here represent a sampling of the prose that first established Bulgakov as a major figure in the literary renaissance of Moscow in the 1920s, long before he became known as an influential playwright and novelist. The centerpiece of this collection is the long story "Notes on the Cuff," a comically autobiographical account of how the tenacious young wri ...more
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published December 31st 1991 by Ardis Publishers (first published 1940)
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Andrei Tamaş
Mar 03, 2016 Andrei Tamaş rated it really liked it
"Însemnări pe manşete" este una dintre operele care anunţă mare creaţie ulterioară a lui Bulgakov, concentrată într-o singură opera, cosmogonică (şi la propriu şi la figurat!) şi eternă.
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).
Susan
May 21, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bulgakov fans, Russian literature lovers
Recommended to Susan by: https://kaggsysbookishramblings.wordp...

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

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Turkan Kasamanli
Sep 13, 2014 Turkan Kasamanli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books, bulgakov
I never though that I'd like some book of Bulgakov more than I liked (LOVED) Master & Margarita. However when I finally started to read his short stories I understood how wrong I could be. These stories connect you with Bulgakov as you know him in reality, as he is someone you know very well. It is like you are sitting in the park (or maybe kitchen) with him and he is telling you about everything - his friends, neighbors, colleagues, places he've been to, stories he heard.
We must admit that
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Jennifer Richardson
I could not have loved this book more. I had to brush up on my history of the Russian Civil war so that I could actually understand some of the specific events he narrates, especially those happening in his beloved Kiev. But the chaotic style of narration forced the reader to feel the utter chaos these citizens experienced from seemly endless violence and from constantly changing hands, as well as the hunger and desperation that defined the period. This would have been a very difficult and perha ...more
Hugh Coverly
Aug 15, 2016 Hugh Coverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bulgakov could probably write in any form he set his mind to, and in Notes on a Cuff and Other Stories there are many wonderful stories that display his great talent. The title story, for example, is written from the perspective of a recovering typhus patient, whose delirium seems to reach beyond his hospital room. Also enjoyable were The Fire of the Khans, Crimson Island, The Murderer, and Cockroach; an especially funny story, in collection not filled with comedy, is A Scurvy Fellow. There is a ...more
Carolinemawer
Jun 28, 2016 Carolinemawer rated it it was amazing
[I've read another edition - the new translation by Alma Classics]

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
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T.P. Williams
Jun 09, 2013 T.P. Williams rated it it was ok
Some short stories and "feuilletons" by the Russian author, who I understand is quite influential (I had not read anything by him before picking this one up on the discount pile at a bookstore). I enjoyed the feuilletons the most; short descriptions of Moscow in the early 1920's, during Lenin's New Economic Policy. The short stories I liked hardly at all. I felt the transitions in them were clumsy and the voice or POV was frequently muddled. It seemed to me that maybe the translation was at faul ...more
Jason
Jul 08, 2012 Jason rated it it was ok
(Note, I read the title novella and the first set of stories, but skipped most of the "Feuilletons").

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
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Ana Schiopu
Not that good biographical writing, based on my taste. To many references to himself. A little bit ego-centric, I think. Anyway, I prefer Bulgakov's fictional works.
Neil
May 13, 2016 Neil rated it did not like it
Worst book ever!!
Emily
Nov 29, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Feuilletons I'd imagine of chiefly historical interest, but two stories of real quality--showed Bulgakov's gift for whatever it is. Magical realism? Hyperrealism? Black comedy? Worth reading for those two longer works.
Brent Legault
Nov 19, 2010 Brent Legault rated it liked it
Small beer by a master brewer. The title story has a manic excellence but the military stories and journalistic journeys could have been lost to the ages without anyone much minding, I imagine.
Octavian
May 24, 2015 Octavian rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs
Author's journal between 1922-1923 of how he became a writer. Interesting as a document.
Michal
Jun 27, 2013 Michal rated it liked it
v .sk verzii vyhody alkoholizmu. fajn knizka
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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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