Our main writer will be Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940). Playwright and novelist Mikhail Bulgakov is now widely acknowledged as a giant of 20th century Russian literature, ranking with Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Mandelstam, Akhmatova, and Brodsky. His story, though, is particularly unusual, for he was scarcely published at all in his own lifetime, either in Russia or in the West. His plays reached the stage in his home country only with great difficulty. We will start with White Guard, which describes the Civil War in Kiev. We will finish the course with his satirical science fiction novella “The Fatal Eggs.”
Even the title of Boris Pasternak’s masterpiece is owed to a romantic walk in the early days of their courtship, according to Anna. They passed a manhole cover embossed with the name of the industrialist Zhivago and we have this incident to thank for the fact that one of the great works of 20th century Russian literature was not called Boys And Girls.