Shadow of Mystic writer Bulgakov unique monument
An unusual monument to the famous Russian mystic writer Bulgakov appeared in Vyazma. The memorial sign shows the shadow of the writer, and this is the world’s first monument to a shadow. Next to the shadow is a plate with the inscribed words, from his story “Morphine”: “Happiness – as health, when you have it, you do not notice it”. The appearance of this unique monument is not accidental. From September 1917 to February 1918 Mikhail Bulgakov worked there as a country doctor. He described the impressions about staying in the Smolensk region in a series of “Notes of a young doctor.” However, no material evidence about the life of the famous writer and playwright in Vyazma preserved. Anyway, the idea of perpetuating his memory in the city where he lived and worked, appeared long ago. “Two years ago, representatives of the Moscow cultural and educational center “Bulgakov’s House” unsuccessfully sought traces of the writer in Vyazma. Then the representatives of the “Bulgakov house” literally demanded to restore the writer’s name in the history of the city. According to city officials, the concept of the monument most faithfully reflects the “transience” of Bulgakov’s stay in the city.
“The idea of the monument – something weighty, but at the same time elusive – as well as possible consistent with the definition of stay of the literary mystique of the twentieth century in our city”, – the head of the city administration said.
In addition, the authorities plan to complement the monument with the shadows of his characters. In particular, the shadows of Bulgakov’s works, as well as a sample signature of the writer, found in Sychevsky district archives. The author of the monument – St. Petersburg artist Alexander Sorokin. The main part of the monument is made of gray concrete. On top of it, repeating all bends of the stone, placed a black metal plate – silhouette of Mikhail Bulgakov. The writer is depicted in a full-length in profile, and in his hands he holds a tablet and pen.