Mikhail Bulgakov

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Mikhail Bulgakov


Born
in Kyiv, Ukraine
May 15, 1891

Died
March 10, 1940

Genre

Influences


Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kyiv, Russian Empire (today Ukraine) on May 15 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 his satirical treatment of the officials of the New Economic Plan, led to growing criticism, which became violent after the play The Purple Island. His later works treat the subject of the artist and the tyrant under the guise of historical characters, with plays such as Molière, staged in 1936, Don Quixote, stag ...more

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More books by Mikhail Bulgakov…
“But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if
evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows
disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. Here is the
shadow of my sword. But shadows also come from trees and living beings.
Do you want to strip the earth of all trees and living things just because
of your fantasy of enjoying naked light? You're stupid.”
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

“Everything will turn out right, the world is built on that.”
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“You should never ask anyone for anything. Never- and especially from those who are more powerful than yourself.”
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Polls

March 2016 New School Group Read

1950, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, 182 pages
 
  28 votes, 13.5%

1987, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, 296 pages
 
  26 votes, 12.6%

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 481 pages
 
  20 votes, 9.7%

1965, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 343 pages
 
  20 votes, 9.7%

 
  15 votes, 7.2%

1955, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, 307 pages
 
  14 votes, 6.8%

1963, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, 179 pages
 
  12 votes, 5.8%

1928, Orlando by Virginia Woolf, 228 pages
 
  11 votes, 5.3%

1987, Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pages
 
  11 votes, 5.3%

 
  10 votes, 4.8%

 
  9 votes, 4.3%

1919, Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson, 240 pages
 
  8 votes, 3.9%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  8 votes, 3.9%

1958, The Tin Drum by Günter Grass, 567 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.4%

1920, Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, 1168 pages
 
  4 votes, 1.9%

 
  2 votes, 1.0%

1937, Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato, 256 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.0%

1949, The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, 342 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.0%

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