Manuscripts Don't Burn: Mikhail Bulgakov, a Life in Letters and Diaries

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Bloomsbury, 1991 - 20th century dramatists - 306 pages
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In his own lifetime, Russian novelist and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov was scarcely published. A quarter of a century after his death, his novel, "The Master and the Margarita", has become a worldwide bestseller.;In this book, J.A.E. Curtis presents a chronicle of Bulgakov's life. She is the only Westerner to have been granted access to either his or his wife's diaries which record the nightmarish precariousness of life during the Stalinist purges. She combines this with extracts from letters to and from Bulgakov and with her own commentary. She also includes letters to Stalin, in which Bulgalov pleads to be allowed to emigrate; letters to his siblings; intimate notes to his second and third wives; and letters to and from other writers such as Gorky and Zamyatin.

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Bulgakov, one of the great authors of 20th-century Russian literature, is currently the subject of several excellent biographies (e.g., Lesley Milne's Mikhail Bulgakov: In Dialogue with Time; A ... Read full review

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