The White Guard: New Translation

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by Bulgakov, Mikhail, Cockrell, Roger

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Published 25/08/2016 by Alma Books Ltd (Alma Classics) in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 288 pages

198 x 127 x 21mm | 258g

Set in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev during the chaotic winter of 1918-19, The White Guard, Bulgakov's first full-length novel, tells the story of a Russian-speaking family trapped in circumstances that threaten to destroy them. As in Tolstoy's War and Peace, the narrative centres on the stark contrast between the cosy domesticity of family life on the one hand, and wide-ranging and destructive historical events on the other.

The result is a disturbing, often shocking story, illuminated, however, by shafts of light that testify to people's resilience, humanity and ability to love in even the most adverse circumstances.