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The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov
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Taking place in Kiev during the tumultuous period near the end of World War I, when a series of nationalist regimes are established and collapse before the Bolsheviks eventually march in to permanently seize power, the book follows the lives of the Turbin family, who are loyal to the White Army until their demise. This book is really a series of images of the chaos of war and revolution and the invasion of the public sphere into private lives during such a period. It lacks the compelling plot structure of Bulgakov's masterpieces, The Master and Margarita and Heart of a Dog, but it does provide an interesting, almost cinematic commentary on the tragedy of war and revolution.
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