The Life of Monsieur de Molière: A Portrait by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Life of Monsieur de Molière: A Portrait by Mikhail Bulgakov


This portrait of Moliere, via Mikhail Bulgakov, is going a long way past mere biography. The Russian grasp brings a kindred spirit vividly to lifestyles during this novelistic tale of paintings and the fight it demands.

Mikhail Bulgakov’s The lifetime of Monsieur de Moliere is a desirable portrait of the nice French seventeenth-century satirist by way of one of many nice Russian satirists of our personal century. For Bulgakov, Moliere was once an modify ego whose future appeared to parallel his personal. As Bulgakov’s translator, Mirra Ginsburg, informs us: "There is way along with their craft that hyperlinks those males around the centuries. either had a pointy satirical eye and an enormous skill for shooting the absurd and the comedian, the suggest and the gruesome: either needed to stay and write below autocracies: either have been fearless and uncompromising in talking of what they observed, evoking storms with every one new paintings: and shared what Bulgakov calls ’the incurable affliction of ardour for the theater.’ The lifetime of Moliere, born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, is a narrative of fight and commitment, and Bulgakov tells it with heat and compassion. certainly, for all Bulgakov’s cautious consciousness to ancient aspect, his shiny game of seventeenth-century France makes The lifetime of Monsieur de Moliereread extra like a singular than a proper biography. Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1949) is healthier recognized within the West for his enormous novel The grasp and Margarita. His The lifetime of Monsieur de Moliere, accomplished in 1933, was once no longer released until eventually 1962. Mirra Ginsburg’s translation of this missed masterpiece will discover a welcome readership between devotees of the theater and of contemporary Russian literature.

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