This title comes with an introduction by Terry Gilliam. When Maxudov's bid to take his own life fails, he dramatises the novel whose failure provoked the suicide attempt. To the resentment of literary Moscow, his play is accepted by the legendary Independent Theatre and Maxudov plunges into a vortex of inflated egos. With each rehearsal more sparks fly and the chances of the play being ready to perform recede. "Black Snow" is the ultimate back-stage novel and a brilliant satire by the author of "The Master and Margarita" on his ten-year love-hate relationship with Stanislavsky, Method-acting and the Moscow Arts Theatre.