This black comedy, a satirical investigation of the prewar Moscow theater scene by Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov, the author of The Master and Margarita, is available for order online and at your favorite local bookseller, if you're lucky.
When aspiring writer Maxudov's novel fails, he attempts suicide. When this, too, fails, he makes it into a play. To his surprise - and the resentment of literary Moscow - the play is accepted by the legendary Independent Theater, and Maxudov plunges into a vortex of inflated egos. Each rehearsal sees more and more sparks flying higher and higher and less and less chance of poor Maxudov's play ever being performed. Black Snow is the ultimate backstage novel and a brilliant satire on Mikhail Bulgakov's ten-year love-hate relationship with Stanislavski, Method acting, and the Moscow Arts Theater.
After a lifetime spent struggling against censorship, not least in the theater, Bulgakov died in 1940, not long after completing his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita. None of his major fiction was published during his lifetime.