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Black Snow by Mikhail Bulgakov
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Feb 22, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

Black Snow is about the frustrations a writer experiences after being contracted by a theater company to write the play from a novel he had written. Mikhail Bulgakov has a striking ability to evoke the sinister or the comic from a scene and in Black Snow he does this, displaying the pathos and the cheer in life.

The key line of the book, in my opinion, is "I floated home, trying not to see the ugly truth of life all around me." (p69)

And on the comic end of the spectrum, there is this:
"'I agree that the cat's neurotic,' I shouted, 'but it has the right instincts and it knows all about acting. Even that cat could tell how insincere she was! Don't you see? She was so hopelessly false that the cat was shocked!'" (p137)
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