Drawing closely on Bulgakov's personal experiences of the horrors of civil war as a young doctor, The White Guard takes place in Kiev, 1918, a time of turmoil and suffocating uncertainty as the Bolsheviks, Socialists and Germans fight for control of the city.
Set in Kiev during the Russian revolution THE WHITE GUARD tells a story about the war's effect on a middle-class family and was turned into a hugely successful play on publication. It brought the author overnight success and became 'a new SEAGULL' for the new generation, although it also received hostile reviews for the sympathetic portrayal of White officers. Paradoxically, THE WHITE GUARD was one of Stalin's favorite plays.It was banned in 1929, reinstated in 1932 but published only in 1955.
'An epic chronicle in the manner of War and Peace ' John Bayley, Guardian Drawing closely on Bulgakov's personal experiences of the horrors of civil war as a young doctor, The White Guard takes place in Kiev, 1918, a time of turmoil and suffocating uncertainty as the Bolsheviks, Socialists and Germans fight for control of the city. It tells the story of the Turbins, a once-wealthy Russian family, as they are forced to come to terms with revolution and a new regime. 'Everyone should read it' The Times See also: Black Snow
Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kiev in 1891 and embarked on a first career in medicine, serving as a doctor in front line and district hospitals during the First World War. In 1920 however he abandoned medicine for a career in writing - from 1925 he was associated with the Moscow Arts Theatre but by 1930 his works were rarely published. Although he was subjected to a number of restrictions as a writer, and was considered the most 'un-Soviet' writer, he survived attacks from the officials, when others were imprisoned and perished in the 'Gulag Archipelago'. It took until the 1980's, forty years after his death, before his works were published in full.
The White Guard captures the tumult, madness and confusion of revolution Independent Worth reading in any language Library Journal One of those few emancipated Soviet writers who firmly believe-and still believe-that to create is to choose Saturday Review A powerful reverie...the city is so vivid to the eye that it is the real hero of the book. New Statesman
'The tumultuous atmospher of the Ukranian revolution and civil war is brilliantly evoked' Daily Telegraph
A powerful reverie...the city is so vivid to the eye that it is the real hero of the book.
'A writer of fantastic genius' - Sunday Times
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