The White Guard: Introduction by Orlando Figes (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) (Hardcover)

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By Mikhail Bulgakov, Michael Glenny (Translated by), Orlando Figes (Introduction by)
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Bulgakov's brilliant novel, first published in 1925, portrays his beloved city of Kiev as it is torn apart during a few crucial weeks in 1918, seen through the eyes of a family fleeing the Russian revolution.

With cinematic vividness, Bulgakov puts us on the streets of a gracious, historic city as it is successively besieged by invading Germans, Ukrainian nationalists, the Red Guard of the Bolsheviks, and the White Guard loyal to the recently executed tsar. The Turbin siblings, once wealthy and secure in Russia, have fled to Kiev to escape the ongoing civil war, but find themselves surrounded by chaos and danger. As Bulgakov depicts their devotion to a doomed cause and the surreal horrors they face, he provides a view of history that is both grandly panoramic and movingly intimate.  

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About the Author

MIKHAIL BULGAKOV (1891-1940) was born and educated in Kiev, Ukraine, where he graduated as a doctor in 1916. He abandoned medicine to write some of the greatest Russian literature of this century. He died impoverished and blind in 1940 shortly after completing his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita.

ORLANDO FIGES is the author of many acclaimed books on Russian history, including A People’s Tragedy, Natasha’s Dance, The Whisperers, The Crimean War, Revolutionary Russia, and The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages. Before his retirement he was a professor of history at London University.

Praise For…

“Bulgakov’s love for Kiev burns in every chapter of The White Guard.” —The Guardian
“Infused with a passion for the old city and for its people that catches the reader up in its sweeping intensity.” The New York Times Book Review
“A portrait of a population under siege . . . Bulgakov’s novel evokes the suffering of [the Russian Civil War] and the still greater horrors that lay ahead.”  The Wall Street Journal
“Bulgakov unfurls great fictional canvases conjuring up the atmosphere and beauty of his beloved Kiev like Pushkin . . . But beneath the effulgent lyricism there sounds a chuckle of cynicism . . . His irony is both broad and finely honed.”  Newsweek
“A writer of fantastic genius.” —The Sunday Times (London)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781101908440
ISBN-10: 1101908440
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Pages: 392
Language: English
Series: Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series