Some books of Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov you must read

The satire and the reflection of the society is a great mix of writing

Mikhail Bulgakov was not just the greatest Russian writer of all time but also a medical doctor and playwright who was very active in the first half of the 20th century. When it came to writing novels, Bulgakov mostly wrote about the horrors of the Russian Civil War and the fate of Russian intellectuals. Through the 1900s that Bulgakov was active as a writer, he was more famously known for the plays that he contributed to Konstantin Stanislavski’s and Nemirovich-Danchenko’s Moscow Art Theatre. Mikhail Bulgakov is best known for his novel The Master and Margarita, which were published posthumously and are touted to be one of the masterpieces of the 20th century.

The White Guard

First published in 1925, this Mikhail Bulgakov novel is set in Ukraine and opens the story in late 1918. The plot of the novel revolves around the Turbin family. The story proceeds as various armies of the Ukrainian War of Independence are fighting over the city of Kyiv, and the Turbin family gets caught up in the effects of the October Revolution. If experts are to be believed, the book has autobiographical elements, with the author giving the younger Turbin brother in the book some characteristics of his own younger brother. In fact, the description of the Turbin house is that of the house of the Bulgakov family in Kyiv.

The Master and Margarita

This novel was written between 1928 and 1940 in the Soviet Union. The Master and Margarita are famous for beautifully combining supernatural elements with satirical dark comedy and Christian philosophy. The novel comes with two settings. The first is set in Moscow during the 1930s, where Satan appears at Patriarch’s Ponds as Professor Woland accompanied by a grotesquely dressed valet; a black cat; Azazello, a hitman; and a female vampire. At the same time, the second set is based in the Jerusalem of Pontius Pilate – trial of Yeshua Ha-Notsri, his recognition of an affinity with Yeshua.

The Fatal Eggs

This is a satirical science-fiction novella written in 1924 and first published in 1925. Through its protagonist, an ageing zoologist Vladimir IpatyevichPersikov who is a specialist in amphibians, the author has put across his point. Set in Moscow of 1928, having overcome the Russian Civil War, research at the Zoological Institute has revived.

Other novels of Mikhail Bulgakov are The Cabal of Hypocrites, Heart of a Dog, Notes of a Young Doctor, Theatrical Novel. Some of his famous plays were Batum, Ivan Vasilievich, Flight, The Days of the Turbins, and some other notable works through the 1920s and 1930s.

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