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Diaboliad and Other Stories
Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

ISBN: 9781847494726
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 24 February 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.7
'Having found his niche at MatchMat, the quiet, gentle, fair-haired Korotkov had completely expunged from his soul the idea of the existence in the world of the so-called vicissitudes of fate'.

In Bulgakov's 'Diaboliad', the modest and unassuming office clerk Korotkov is summarily sacked for a trifling error from his job at the Main Central Depot of Match Materials, and tries to seek out his newly assigned superior, responsible for his dismissal. His quest through the labyrinth of Soviet bureaucracy takes on the increasingly surreal dimensions of a nightmare.

This early satirical story, reminiscent of Gogol and Dostoevsky, was first published in 1924 and incurred the wrath of pro- Soviet critics. Along with the three other stories in this volume, which also explore the themes of the absurd and bizarre, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the artistic development of the author of The Master and Margarita.

About the Author

Russian novelist and dramatist Mikhail Bulgakov (1891--1940) is one of the foremost satirists of the twentieth century and ...

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