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Mikhail Bulgakov: The Early Years

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One of the foremost Russian writers of the Soviet period, Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) has attracted much critical attention. But Edythe Haber is the first to explore in depth his formative years, to probe the roots of his artistic vision. Blending biography and literary analysis of motifs, story, and characterization, Haber tracks one writer's answer to the dislocations o ...more
Hardcover, 570 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by Harvard University Press
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It was a bit more erudite and post doc-ish than I would have liked. It is loaded with some decent history of his early years and why he wrote what he wrote (due to the turbulent times), but it reads a bit dry overall. I did like the in depth explanations for his literary impulses and time that was taken to explain what was going on in his life when he wrote what. If you're a Bulgakov acolyte, you may want to give this a try.
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