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The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
The Master and Margarita
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Mikhail Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita" is a fiercely satirical fantasy that remained unpublished in its author's home country for over thirty years. This "Penguin Classics" edition is translated with an introduction by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the acclaimed translators of... show more
Mikhail Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita" is a fiercely satirical fantasy that remained unpublished in its author's home country for over thirty years. This "Penguin Classics" edition is translated with an introduction by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the acclaimed translators of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. In Soviet Moscow, God is dead, but the devil - to say nothing of his retinue of demons, from a loudmouthed, gun-toting tomcat, to the fanged fallen angel Koroviev - is very much alive. As death and destruction spread through the city like wildfire, condemning Moscow's cultural elite to prison cells and body bags, only a madman, the "Master and Margarita", his beautiful, courageous lover, can hope to end the chaos. Written in secret during the darkest days of Stalin's reign and circulated in samizdat form for decades, when "The Master and the Margarita" was finally published it became an overnight literary phenomenon, signalling artistic freedom for Russians everywhere. This luminous translation from the complete and unabridged Russian text is accompanied by an introduction by Richard Pevear exploring the extraordinary circumstances of the novel's composition and publication, and how Bulgakov drew on carnivalesque folk traditions to create his ironic subversion of Soviet propaganda. This edition also contains a list of further reading and a note on the text. After finishing high school, Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) entered the Medical School of Kiev University, graduating in 1916. He wrote about his experiences as a doctor in his early works "Notes of a Young Country Doctor". His later works treated the subject of the artist and the tyrant under the guise of historical characters, but "The Master and Margarita" is generally considered his masterpiece. If you enjoyed "The Master and Margarita", you might like Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", also available in "Penguin Classics". "One of the great novels of the 20th century, a scary, darkly comic allegory". ("Daily Telegraph").
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140455465 (0140455469)
ASIN: 140455469
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 412
Edition language: English
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Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
2.5 The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov, Michael Glenny 
inspired "Sympathy for the Devil"Finally getting to it now that Veronica is spending the summer learning Russian.*** Ban the book; build the buzz. Had it not been suppressed for forty years it wouldn't have become internationally famous. It's a bit of a mess. There's the love story of the Master...
Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
4.0 The Master and Margarita
One hot summer afternoon the devil and his entourage comes to Moscov and wreaks havoc among the literary and artistic upper class. That is the main premise of The Master and Margarita and this book has been an enjoyable tour de force of weirdness. It´s surreal and crazy and incredibly dark in its ...
Words, Words, Words
Words, Words, Words rated it
4.5 Synthesis, Story, The Master and Margarita
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov doesn't lend itself to summary, it throws a lot at the reader and keeps you off balance. A summary would probably be more confusing than anything else. Depending on what you have seen or heard, the devil is involved and a cat somehow plays a significant r...
Nithou's Readings
Nithou's Readings rated it
5.0 The Master and Margarita
Premier classique russe que je lis, et magnifique découverte. L'histoire est entêtante, puissante, emplie de mystères et de secrets, le texte projette des images plein la tête avec virtuosité. Le côté fantastique de l'histoire est extrêmement bien amené, avec beaucoup d'humour, toujours bien maîtris...
Prerazmišljavanje
Prerazmišljavanje rated it
4.5 Mihail Bulgakov - Majstor i Margarita
Đavo (u inostranom odelu, što je ruskom čoveku onog doba bilo primamljivo koliko i Faustu Mefistov šešir s perjem) dolazi u Rusiju da dokaže postojanje Boga. Predstavlja se kao istoričar (bavi se istorijom, što će reći storijama, što će reći pričama) što ga, po logici čitanja posle ponoći, u vezu do...
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