The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov's devastating satire of Soviet life was written during the darkest period of Stalin's regime. Combining two distinct yet interwoven parts - one set in ancient Jerusalem, one in contemporary Moscow - the novel veers from moods of wild theatricality with violent storms, vampire... show more
Mikhail Bulgakov's devastating satire of Soviet life was written during the darkest period of Stalin's regime. Combining two distinct yet interwoven parts - one set in ancient Jerusalem, one in contemporary Moscow - the novel veers from moods of wild theatricality with violent storms, vampire attacks and a Satanic ball; to such somber scenes as the meeting of Pilate and Yeshua, and the murder of Judas in the moonlit garden of Gethsemane; to the substance-less, circus-like reality of Moscow.
Its central characters, Woland (Satan) and his retinue - including the vodka-drinking, black cat, Behemoth; the poet, Ivan Homeless; Pontius Pilate; a writer known only as The Master, and his passionate companion, Margarita - exist in a world that blends fantasy and chilling realism, an artful collage of grotesqueries, dark comedy and timeless ethical questions.
Although completed in 1940, The Master and Margarita wasn't published in Moscow until 1966 when the 1st part appeared in the magazine Moskva. It was an immediate and enduring success. Audiences responded with great enthusiasm to its expression of artistic & spiritual freedom.
Publish date: 2017-01-05
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Pages no: 371
Edition language: English
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
I've finally finished this novel. Don't know why it took me ages to get through, it was absolutely amazing.Firstly, the writing style was my cup of tea, especially plotwise, Bulgakov heavily relied on absurdity and it was mind-blowing. The story itself was such fun and at the same time extremely cha...