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Exploring the rather wonderful Bulgakov Collection!

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It’s no secret here on the Ramblings that I’m a huge fan of small publishers and there are several whose books I love to read and write about on a regular basis. One of my favourites is Alma Classics, who are always bringing out delicious editions of excellent books (particularly the Russians I’m so fond […]

Bulgakov’s Birthday

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“But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if evil didn’t exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. Here is the shadow of my sword. But shadows also come from trees and living beings. Do you […]

Recent Reads: A Theatrical Novel by Mikhail Bulgakov

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I’ve titled this review deliberately as this particular book by  Bulgakov has appeared under the name of “Black Snow” and “A Dead Man’s Memoir” and possibly even other titles! However, they are all pretty much the same book (more about that below) and this is an unfinished novel by MB which is a satirical look […]

Recent Reads: Manuscripts Don’t Burn Mikhail Bulgakov – A Life in Letters and Diaries by JAE Curtis

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“And in the room of the banished poet Fear and the Muse take turns to watch, And the night comes When there will be no sunrise” (from Voronech, 1936, by Anna Akhmatova – these lines about Mandelstam apply equally well to Bulgakov) ****** Well, needless to say, the Bulgakov kick continues! After my recent intense […]

Recent Reads: Three books by Mikhail Bulgakov

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As even the most casual viewer of my ramblings might have noticed, I’m having a bit of a Bulgakov kick at the moment, and recently devoured and adored three short-ish volumes of his work – somewhat in preparation for a re-read of “The Master and Margarita” in a new translation by Hugh Aplin. The books […]

An Old Favourite: A Dog’s Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov

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I confess to being well and truly sunk into a Bulgakovian frame of mind at the moment. The TV version of “The Master & Margarita” has me thoroughly hooked but I’m putting off a reading of the Hugh Aplin translation till it’s finished (today, alas!) So it seemed somewhat sensible to pick up my lovely […]

Some Thoughts on Bulgakov

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I must confess that my thoughts have been somewhat on the subject of Bulgakov recently, particularly since vexing myself with the subject of translators towards the end of last year! This has been somewhat exacerbated by Sky Arts showing the four-part “A Young Doctor’s Notebook” and also the 2005 Russian TV version of “The Master […]

Happy Bulgakov Day – Not!

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So – I sat down last night thinking I would give “The Master and Margarita” on Sky Arts a look and guess what – it wasn’t on 😦 Not impressed and hoping very much that it will be on at a later time as my interest is now piqued…  

Happy Bulgakov Day!

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I have unilaterally decided to designate today as Bulgakov Day, thanks to the fact that Sky Arts are showing two programmes relating to the Great Man today! The first is a new four-part adaptation of  “A Young Doctor’s Notebook”: Their press blurb goes like this: “Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe will appear in an extraordinary […]

“Dogs are better than cats” (Miranda Hart) @NottingHillEds #ondogs

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On Dogs: An Anthology It’s blindingly obvious from my Ramblings that I’m a huge fan of Notting Hill Editions; their beautifully presented and always engrossing editions are starting to find a regular place on my shelves…. ;D What you may not have realised is that I’m also a huge fan of dogs! When it comes […]

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