In live performance Performance has earned Nikolai Dezhnev compliment and foreign luck that's unmatched by way of the other modern Russian author. A bestseller in Russia, it brings us, with wit and perception, into Russia's distressful prior and maybe both distressful current, whereas telling a super love tale that surpasses time and space.
Lukary is a fallen angel despatched again to earth to catch up on his previous. within the type of a domovoi, a superb household spirit of Russian folklore, he's despatched to inhabit the house of an previous Bolshevik lady, who dies shortly. on the outdated woman's funeral, within the cover of a rushing middle-aged gentleman, he encounters her niece, Anna, and falls head over heels in love along with her, interrupting the winning process his penance. pressured to choose from his trip to raised lucidity and earthly love, he chooses the latter.
Fortunately for Lukary, Anna and her husband--a immodest, no-nonsense Russian physicist--move into the deceased aunt's former domestic, the place Lukary proceeds to wreak supernatural havoc upon their day-by-day lives in his attempt to concurrently woo Anna and badger her into finishing her marriage. regrettably for Lukary, a demon despatched to observe over him in the world has started to conspire opposed to him with Anna's husband. and shortly the havoc spreads a ways past the confines of an easy Moscow apartment.
In live performance Performance travels from modern Moscow to the days of the Spanish Inquisition and again back, hitting various issues in among. it's a marvelous story, a very targeted novel that's half romantic myth, half meditation on love and time, and half historic satire, echoing the combination of genres and stylistic sophistication of its simply precious comparability, Mikhail Bulgakov's masterpiece The grasp and Margarita.