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Set in Kiev during the Russian revolution White Guard tells a story about the war's effect on a middle-class family and was turned into a hugely successful play on publication. It brought the author overnight success and became 'a new Seagull' for the new generation, although it also received hostile reviews for the sympathetic portrayal of White officers. Paradoxically, The White Guard was one of Stalin's favorite plays.
It was banned in 1929, reinstated in 1932 but published only in 1955.




The White Guard captures the tumult, madness and confusion of revolution Independent Worth reading in any language Library Journal A powerful reverie...the city is so vivid to the eye that it is the real hero of the book. New Statesman One of those few emancipated Soviet writers who firmly believe--and still believe--that to create is to choose Saturday Review



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