Master Bulgakov

The Russians are by and large excellent people – and that comes out in their literature as well.

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Its looking at all that snow for 11 and a half months of the year that makes them a bit well, odd.

And that oddness gets manifested in their literature.

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Some of the most depressing literature in the history of mankind.

 

Except in the case of Mikhail Bulgakov who went full psychedelic in his stories.

I fell in love with his acid tripesque Master and Margarita way back in 2005.

And now I have fallen in love with his semi autobiographical A Young Doctor’s Notebook.

 

As you may know, I have been more or less conked for the last 3 weeks or so – awash in a sea of tablets. All those tablets have created a sort of fog in the brain and thus have not been able to do much apart from lie down and read/write/watch tv/comp.

 

And one of those things that I discovered and started watching the British mini-series A Young Doctor’s Notebook starring Don Draper as older morphine addicted Doctor and Harry Potter as his younger – just starting on his morphine addiction – self.

Its a startlingly funny, brilliantly poignant and absolutely whackadoodle story – and I love it.

In this age of big budget spectacles, its astonishingly refreshing to see something so minimalist.

All the action takes place in 2 or 3 rooms and with just 5 main actors – Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Godley, Rosie Cavaliero and Vicky Pepperdine – and a handful of side actors. Whoever has written the script has done a splendid job, the direction has been spotless and the actors and actresses have really taken it as a challenge and have performed quite well.

I strongly urge you to watch it, if not for the story, then for Radcliffe’s acting; he has managed to come out of Potter’s shadow.

 

All hail Dr. Leopold Leopoldovich.

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