Sunday, January 18, 2009
Several years ago, I was working on an adaptation of Goethe’s Faust: Part One. In the course of it, I read many versions of the Faust legend: Marlowe, Klaus Mann’s Mephisto, Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus, etc. One really loose adaptation I read was Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita; I read two translations which were very different from each other. I hadn’t realized there was much Bulgakov in English.
But I have been working my way through Russian Literature of the 1920s, where I read We, as I mentioned in the Dystopia entry. I just finished reading a really creepy Bulgakov story called The Fatal Eggs. Most of it is set in Bulgakov’s distinct world of Moscow, but it has sci-fi elements that are incredibly compelling and scary.