The Bulgakov Society in Hong Kong hosted a literary dinner on 29 October, 2021. Held at a new venue for the society, the Foreign Correspondent’s Club, which did not disappoint – great to meet in person and the evening was filled with lively repartee.
The dinner focused on one of Bulgakov’s most celebrated works, “Notes on a Cuff”, which reflects Bulgakov’s life and experiences in the Caucasus, including Georgia. Georgia became the leitmotif of the event, and guests enjoyed Georgian Khvanchkara wine with their meal. Seasoned sommeliers among the guests noted that there was a reason why Khvanchkara was Stalin’s favourite wine!
At the beginning of the evening, Anastasia Gordeeva shared her impressions of her trip to the historical sights and locales of Georgia, which Bulgakov visited in preparation for his planned escape from Russia. Then, long-time members of the Society, Mr. and Mrs. Hoyle, read an excerpt from “Notes on a Cuff”, which was met with much hilarity.
As usual, the guests took part in the night’s quiz, presented on this occasion by Ms. Attiya Javed and Mr. Donald Man, which tested not only everyone’s knowledge of the aforementioned novel, but also raised questions about the history, and culture of Georgia.
The evening was brought to a close with a few words by the Society’s founder, Julia Charlton, who read her notes aptly written on her cuff! Throughout the evening, the guests enjoyed festive food, free-flowing Georgian wine, and conversation, brought together by their mutual love of Bulgakov’s works. Till next time, and please do let us know if you are interested in joining future festivities!