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  • Published: 1 September 2006
  • ISBN: 9780099490661
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

The White Guard




'A writer of fantastic genius' - Sunday Times

Set in Kiev during the Russian revolution THE WHITE GUARD tells a story about the war's effect on a middle-class family and was turned into a hugely successful play on publication. It brought the author overnight success and became 'a new SEAGULL' for the new generation, although it also received hostile reviews for the sympathetic portrayal of White officers. Paradoxically, THE WHITE GUARD was one of Stalin's favorite plays.
It was banned in 1929, reinstated in 1932 but published only in 1955.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2006
  • ISBN: 9780099490661
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

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 In 1925 he completed the satirical novella The Heart of a Dog, which remained unpublished in the Soviet Union until 1987.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 The White Guard

“One of those few emancipated Soviet writers who firmly believe-and still believe-that to create is to choose”

Saturday Review

“Worth reading in any language”

Library Journal

“A powerful reverie...the city is so vivid to the eye that it is the real hero of the book.”

New Statesman


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