The White Guard: Introduction by Orlando Figes

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5.29 X 8.31 X 0.88 inches | 1.19 pounds

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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.
"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)