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The Master and Margarita is an international bestseller. This is the only book that has unprecede... Read More

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The Master and Margarita is an international bestseller. This is the only book that has unprecedented access to the author's diaries and lettersReissued with a new cover designA play of The Master and Margarita will run at the Barbican from Thursday 15th March to Saturday 7th AprilThe Russian playwright and novelist Mikhail Bulgakov (1891 - 1940) is now widely acknowledged as one of the giants of twentieth-century Soviet literature, ranking with such luminaries as Pasternak and Solzhenitsyn. In his own lifetime, however, a casualty of Stalinist repression, he was scarcely published at all, and his plays reached the stage only with huge difficulty. His greatest masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, a novel written in the 1930s in complete secrecy, largely at night, did not appear in print until more than a quarter of a century after his death. It has since become a worldwide bestseller. In Manuscripts Don't Burn, J.A.E. Curtis has collated the fruits of eleven years of research to produce a fascinating chronicle of Bulgakov's life, using a mass of exciting new material - much of which has never been published before. In particular, she is the only Westerner to have been granted access to either Bulgakov's or his wife Yelena Sergeyevna's diaries, which record in vivid detail the nightmarish precariousness of life during the Stalinist purges. J.A.E Curtis combines these diaries with extracts from letters to and from Bulgakov and with her own illuminating commentary to create a lively and highly readable account. Her vast collection of Bulgakov's correspondence is unparalleled even in the USSR, and she draws on it judiciously to include letters addressed directly to Stalin, in which Bulgakov's pleads to be allowed to emigrate; letters to his sisters and to his brother in Paris whom he did not see for twenty years; intimate notes to his second and third wives; and letters to and from well-known writers such as Gorky and Zamyatin. Manuscripts Don't Burn provides a forceful and compelling insight into the pressures of day-to-day existence for a man fighting persecution in order to make a career as a writer in Stalinist Russia.A reissued edition of the definitive biography of Mikhail Bulgakov, author of The Master and MargaritaIngeniously structured ... an absorbing and, at times, uplifting bookIt is engaging reading and produces a lovely collage effect, the verbal equivalent of the photo album or scrapbookAn engaging and readable story of a life which wears its scholarship lightly ... Rich and exciting material, and there is a great deal of itCurtis spent a decade trying to negotiate her way past possessive Soviet archivists, and the result of her persistence is the most comprehensive selection of personal documents so far available in any languageA reissued edition of the definitive biography of Mikhail Bulgakov, author of The Master and Margarita

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Title: Manuscripts Don't Burn
Author: J.A.E. Curtis
SKU: BK0252865
EAN: 9781408831212

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