Mikhail Bulgakov

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Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kiev in 1891. His interest in literature and theatre came early, though he went on to study medicine. As a physician, he worked at the Kiev Military Hospital.

Bulgakovís service in World War I, during which he served as a doctor, resulted in injury. To treat the pain, he frequently injected himself with morphine. This soon led to an addiction to the drug, something he would write about at length in his 1926 book, Morphine.

In addition to his service during World War I, Bulgakov also worked as a doctor throughout the Russian Civil War and in the Ukrainian Peopleís Army. However, his own ill health put an early end to his medical career. He went on to write about his experience as a doctor in Country Doctorís Notebook.

Bulgakovís wok as a writer during the 1920s was dominated by satire, though he also worked as a correspondent for several newspapers. He began writing plays in that decade, though a number were banned by the Soviet government. While his plays of Don Quixote and Ivan Vasilievich were banned, his Moliere (The Cabal of Hypocrites) was critically panned by Pravda.

Feeling unable to work properly as a writer in this situation, Bulgakov appealed directly to Stalin in 1929, asking to be allowed to emigrate if he could not work as a writer in Russia. However, he remained in Russia, working for the Bolshoi Theatre for some time in the 1930s.

Throughout the 1930s, and up until his death in 1940, he worked on his most famous novel, The Master and Margarita, which was published in several posthumous versions.

 

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