Mikhail Bulgákov (1891–1940) was one of the great Russian satirical writers of the twentieth century and, as such, he could easily have been included in the list of personalities banned or killed by dictator Joseph Stalin – since the regime and the doctrines of the Soviet Union were his main targets. Bulgákov paid dearly for this, and did not come to see any of his most celebrated titles published during his lifetime. However, he did live a relatively protected life under the Stalinist regime, after having, almost inexplicably, fallen into the tyrant’s grace. At the center of this unique situation is the play The Days of the Turbins, now published by Carambaia in a Portuguese translation – Os dias dos Turbin – made directly from Russian by Irineu Franco Perpetuo, who also wrote the preface.
The book has been designed by Brazilian studio Bloco Gráfico, with Russian constructivism in mind. Throughout the book, titles are playfully designed with Euclid FlexPixel stylistic alternates. The core text of the play is set with Financier Text by Klim. The contrast between the design of the two typefaces is alluding to the conflicts experienced by the Turbin family in the story.