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Bulgakov, M.A.
FIRST BOOK BY BULGAKOV] Dyavoliada (or Diavoliada). Rasskazy [i.e. Diaboliad. Short Stories]
Moscow: Nedra, 1925. 160 pp. 23x15 cm. In publisher's illustrated wrappers. Wrappers carefully restored, back cover is new, previous owner's signature on t.p. (red pencil), margins of several pages restored, occasional brown spots. Otherwise very good. First edition of the first book by Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) and the only book printed in his lifetime in the Soviet Union. One of 5000 copies. Very rare. Apart from 'Diaboliad', this collection consists of 'The Fatal Eggs', '#13. The House of Elpit Pabkomunna', 'The Chinese Story' and 'Chichikov's Adventures' (the satire on Gogol's 'Dead Souls' in which the characters from the original work are placed in the early Soviet reality). On August 31, 1923, Bulgakov reported in a letter to his friend, writer Yury Slezkin: "I finished 'Diaboliad' but it is unlikely that it will pass anywhere. Lezhnev (editor of the magazine 'Rossiya') refused to take it". 'Diaboliad' was accepted for publication by the Nedra publishing house, headed by Nikolai Angarsky, an old Bolshevik distinguished by a good literary taste of the 19th century Russian classics. The almanac 'Nedra' with the 'Diaboliad' was published on February 25, 1924. The reception was cold. The only noticeable response to 'Diaboliad' was the opinion of the famous writer Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884-1937), who later became Bulgakov's friend. He noted: "The only modern fossil in the 'Nedra' (i.e. Subsoil/Bowels) is Bulgakov's 'Diaboliad'. The author undoubtedly has a true instinct in choosing a compositional setting: fiction, rooted in life, fast as in a movie, changing pictures is o … [Click Below for Full Description]
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