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  • Published: 30 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446475096
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208
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Diaboliad




An explosive collection of short stories which display all of Bulgakov's surreal inventiveness and biting satirical humour

The five, irreverant, satirical and imaginative stories contained in Diaboliad caused an uproar upon the book's first publication in 1925. Full of invention, they display Bulgakov's breathtaking stylistic range, moving at dizzying speed from grotesque satire to science fiction, from the plainest realism to the most madcap fantasy. Diaboliad is a wonderful introduction to literature's most uncategorisable and subversive genius.

  • Pub date: 30 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446475096
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

About the Author

Mikhail Bulgakov

Mikhail Bulgakov (1891 - 1940) was born and educated in Kiev where he graduated as a doctor in 1916, but gave up the practice of medicine in 1920 to devote himself to literature. In 1925 he completed the satirical novella The Heart of a Dog, which remained unpublished in the Soviet Union until 1987. This was one of the many defeats he was to suffer at the hands of his censors. By 1930 Bulgakov had become so frustrated by the political atmosphere and the suppression of his works that he wrote to Stalin begging to be allowed to emigrate if he was not to be given the opportunity to make his living as a writer in the USSR. Stalin telephoned him personally and offered to arrange a job for him at the Moscow Arts Theatre instead. In 1938, a year before contracting a fatal illness, he completed his prose masterpiece, The Master and Margarita. He died in 1940. In 1966-7, thanks to the persistance of his widow, the novel made a first, incomplete, appearance in Moskva, and in 1973 appeared in full.

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Praise for Diaboliad

“One of the greatest modern Russian writers, perhaps the greatest”

Independent

“A writer of fantastic genius”

Sunday Times

“Bulgakov is a wild, mobile, crafty devotee of ideas”

Guardian


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