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.”
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

“You're not Dostoevsky,' said the citizeness, who was getting muddled by Koroviev. Well, who knows, who knows,' he replied.
'Dostoevsky's dead,' said the citizeness, but somehow not very confidently.
'I protest!' Behemoth exclaimed hotly. 'Dostoevsky is immortal!”
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

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What did you think about our June/July Group Read The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

It is one of the best novels ever written, a superb masterpiece and I shall certainly re-read it. 5 stars
 
  11 votes, 61.1%

It is great, an exceptional, I really liked it. If I understood every tiny detail connecting to 1920’s Soviet Russia, I'd say it's amazing. 4 stars
 
  5 votes, 27.8%

It is really good, but not that relaxing, bit too symbolic but I'm glad I read it. 3 stars
 
  2 votes, 11.1%

I know it's a great book... and I did love the main idea, just not the development. 2 stars
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

I can't say I really liked it, but I finished it. 1 star
 
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