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Bulgakov and Mandelstam

Published by Glas New Russian Writing

ISBN: 9785717200035

£8.99
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Bulgakov and Mandelstam never met and yet their lives had much in common. Both men were born in the same year, 1891, and both lives ended prematurely, crushed by the cruel totalitarian system. Mandelstam died in a Siberian gulag in December 1938, and Bulgakov 14 months later, in March 1940, from a terminal illness, probably brought on by unbearable stress and disillusionment.

Despite their obvious genius both were largely unappreciated and unrecognized except by a handful of close friends who gave them encouragement and moral suport. Both had unusually close relationships with their wives who inspired their work during their lifetime and enthusiastically promoted it after their deaths. If it were not for the wives' courageous efforts against all odds, world literature would have lost Mandelstam's luminous poetry and Bulgakov's superb magic realism.

Included are:

Memoirs by Mandelstam's younger brother that have never appeared in print before.

Reminiscences of Bulgakov's legendary third wife, Yelena Sergeevna, the prototype of Margarita in his Master and Margarita.

These two writers are united under one cover because their centenaries coincided and, although they never met, their lives had much in common. Moreover, in both cases it were the wives who preserved and promoted their works posthumously.

Photo biographies of both Bulgakov and Mandelstam are included also.
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