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The Early Plays of Mikhail Bulgakov
The largest collection available in English of the best Soviet playwright of the twentieth century. This edition includes: The Days of the Turbins, Zoya's Apartment, Flight, The Crimson Island and A Cabal of Hypocrites (Moliere).
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by Indiana University Press
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I read a different edition and in Russian, primarily because I wanted to know what "Zoya's Apartment" was all about. I had seen the play in a Russian-language theatre and, Russian not being my first language, was completely baffled, so decided to read it for further enlightenment. Now that I've read it, I feel I'm not much better off; I see no reason to put on a play like this today. And if it is to show confusion and greed in the Soviet Union of the 1920s, I'd say Nikolay Erdman's "Suicide" is ...more
I've now read practically everything of Bulgakov's written in English, including a biography of him, a biography by him and a book of his letters. No doubt he was a great playwright, but the impact of these plays is lessened on the page and without the specific historical context to understand the minutiae. 'The Days of the Turbins' is adapted from Bulgakov's novel The White Guard, but pales in comparison to the novel. 'Zoya's Apartment' is an amusing piece about the unseemly goings on of a cert ...more
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 Thea ...moreMore about Mikhail Bulgakov