Posts tagged ‘Ukraine’

The White Guard

Review by Steve Savage

We are in Kiev, towards the end of 1918, following the fortunes of members of the Turbin family as their world crashes down about them. Outside, there is muffled cannon fire in the howling snow storm. In Russia, the Bolsheviks are holding on to power. In Germany, the Kaiser has abdicated. Here in the Ukraine, the doomed German-sponsored regime of the ‘Hetman’ is besieged by the adventurer Petlyura’s forces. But who, really, is Petlyura? And, anyway, after Petlyura, Trotsky and the Bolsheviks are coming…

In this novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, 17-year-old Nikolka Turbin is an officer cadet.  (more…)

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January 30, 2014 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

Mikhail Bulgakov

Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov was born in 1891 in Kiev (also known as Kyiv), Ukraine, where his father taught at the Theological Academy. Bulgakov studied medicine at Kiev University, graduating during the First World War. During the civil war, Bulgakov joined the anti-Bolshevik ‘White Army’. In 1921 he moved to Moscow (where his first flat is now a museum dedicated to his memory). Bulgakov married three times. He wrote a number of novels, including The White Guard and The Master and Margarita. He also wrote some SF stories with a satirical flavour.

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January 30, 2014 at 9:41 am Leave a comment


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