When Maxudov's novel fails, he attempts suicide. When that fails, he dramatises his novel. To the resentment of literary Moscow, the play is accepted by the Independent Theatre. Maxudov plunges into a world of inflated egos, but each rehearsal sees less chance of the play being performed.
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"A masterpiece of black comedy" ( Irish Times)
"The novel moves with mad exuberance" ( Independent)
"Bulgakov, the first magical realist-is regarded as the Soviet writer who made the strongest impact on twentieth-century Western fiction" ( Irish Times)
"A writer of fantastic genius" ( Sunday Times)
A brilliant satire on Method Acting and the Moscow Arts Theatre, from the author of The Master and Margarita.
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