Drawing closely on Bulgakov's personal experiences of the horrors of civil war as a young doctor, The White Guard takes place in Kiev, 1918, a time of turmoil and suffocating uncertainty as the Bolsheviks, Socialists and Germans fight for control of the city. It tells the story of the Turbins, a once-wealthy Russian family, as they are forced to come to terms with revolution and a new regime.
A powerful reverie...the city is so vivid to the eye that it is the real hero of the book.
One of those few emancipated Soviet writers who firmly believe-and still believe-that to create is to choose
Worth reading in any language
The White Guard captures the tumult, madness and confusion of revolution
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