DIARIES AND SELECTED LETTERS

MIKHAIL BULGAKOV
Translated by ROGER COCKRELL
228pp 2013 OUT OF PRINT B808

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The career of Mikhail Bulgakov, the author of The Master and Margarita -- now regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century literature – was characterised by a constant and largely unsuccessful struggle against state censorship. This suppression did not just apply to Bulgakov’s art: in 1926 his personal diary was seized by the authorities. From then on he confined his thoughts to letters to his friends and family, as well as to public figures such as Stalin and his fellow Soviet writer Gorky, while also encouraging his wife Yelena to keep a diary, with many entries influenced or even dictated by him.

A fascinating insight into the many moods, many voices, the resilience and faint-heartedness, bravado and calculation, light and dark, great and small, that made up this marvellous writer. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT