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

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

by J.A.E. Curtis (Editor)


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In his lifetime, Mikhail Bulgakov was scarcely published. A quarter of a century after his death, his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, became a worldwide bestseller. In Manuscripts Don't Burn the title a line from his famous novel, J.A. E. Curtis presents a gripping chronicle of Bulgakov's life, using as source material, among other documents, a partial copy of one of his diaries which was presumed lost and uncovered decades later in the KGB’s archives. That diary and those of his third wife record the nightmarish precariousness of life during the Stalinist purges. Also included are letters to Stalin, in which Bulgakov 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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ISBN-13: 9780879514624
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 11/28/1992
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

J.A.E. Curtis is a lecturer in Russian Literature at Oxford, with a focus on the works of Mikhail Bulgakov and Evgeny Zamyatin as well as Russian drama. She is the author of Bulgakov’s Last Decade: The Writer as Hero.

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