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The Master and Margarita (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 15 Feb 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (15 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840226579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840226577
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mikhail Bulgakov (1891 - 1940) was born and educated in Kiev where he graduated as a doctor in 1916. He rapidly abandoned medicine to write some of the greatest Russian literature of this century. After a lifetime at odds with the stultifying Soviet regime, he died impoverished and blind in 1940, shortly after completing his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita. None of his major fiction was published during his lifetime.


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LOVE it! Mind blowing!
For a lot of people i know Russian literature is 'War and Peace' or 'Crime and Punishment'. Luckily, if you reading this, you are about to change that, at least for oneself, and experience a masterpiece of 20th century Modern Russian Literature.

This book is a true jewel, contemporary, witty, deep, unpredictable, very Russian! You will love it or never get to understand it. no middle point...like with anything Russian.

Enjoy!
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This is one of the greatest novels ever written, a book which you read a hundred times without ever tiring. Ever since I read it in my early teen years I was deeply in love with it - and I still am. There is not one page, not even one line, which would not be a pure perfection. Below, more of my impressions, with some very limited SPOILERS.

This book describes a visit by Satan to Moscow in late 1920s. Satan was quite busy in previous years and he neglected a little bit his Russian domains, but now he comes for an inspection (in fact an audit) - he is especially curious about this whole communism thing, which is a kind of novelty for him. For the purpose of this visit he takes form of a distinguished albeit slightly eccentric gentleman named Woland. He also brings with him an entourage of four lesser devils: Azazello, a strangely likeable demon murderer, who serves as messenger and enforcer, Hella, a somehow vampiric succubus, who is a maid, Koroviev, a fallen choir angel with a particularly nasty sense of humour, who is a page and last but definitely not least, Behemoth, a huge demonic cat-from-hell, who is Woland's jester (and also a world class @hole! - but that is only to be expected from a cat...). Together they will wreck absolute havoc in Moscow in a thunderstorm of irresistibly hilarious but also sometimes pretty nasty episodes, which will culminate during the Satan's Midnight Ball - for which the Devil, an eternal bachelor, needs to find a suitable Lady to assist him in welcoming the guests...

I will not go here in more details to not provide spoilers, but it must be said that this is one of those books which simply reached PERFECTION. There is nothing here that could be criticized. Every single page, every single line is simply PERFECT.
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Every now and again we all come across a book which is fantastic in every way. Often it is something that has been around for decades nut somehow eluded us. As a so-called writer, these books have the paradoxical affect of compelling me to create wonderful fiction yet downhearten me in the knowledge that, even at my best, I could never match the brilliance of what I am reading.

Set in 1930s Moscow, the story centres around the devil who has appeared in the Soviet capital in the guise of a learned magician. His entourage an over-sized, vodka swilling cat, a shape-shifting illusionist and a befanged assassin; together they plan to wreak havoc. The satirical plot shifts from Moscow, where the hellish entourage seek to expose and humiliate the hypocrites espousing bourgeoisie greed, and Jerusalem at the time of Jesus Christ and Pontius Pilate.

Incarcerated in a mental institution, the Master has been ruined by the literary powers and ostracised for writing a religious text, that of Pontius Pilate's execution of Jesus, and a story which is inextricably linked to the devil's presence in Moscow. Shunning his beloved mistress, Margarita, lest she be ruined too he has allowed himself to rot in solitude. When Margarita is approached by the devil with the offer to attend his Midnight Ball as hostess, opening the door for both her and the Master to get mixed up with the devil.

Russian literature can be rather impenetrable. Having previously struggled through the likes of Tolstoy and Chekov, and their beautiful yet long-winded prose, it was with a little apprehension that I picked up this novel. Whilst the plot is nowhere near as straightforward and structured as today's commercial novels, there is barely a page in this wonderful book that loses the reader.
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Excellent presentation - short summary of context; short history of the text; brief glossary and notes to further contextual understanding - much better than the Kindle edition which lost me in the preface with it's self conscious and obstructive use of inclusive indicatives and articles.

The Novel - different - Faustian - Pythonesque at first - constructively and deliberately chaotic, creating a deep sense of unease; but the pathos of the characters and the bathos of the plot helps to introduce welcome relief of humour. Not an easy read for me, but worthwhile
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By Hugo Minney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2013
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This is really fun-a look at what goes on behind closed doors. Like Twilight, only 50 years earlier.
Moscow, a city of deprivation and corruption. Like any city really. People going about their small-minded business, a bit of bribery here, a concession granted there
But something more is going on. Margarita is fed up with life but gets an interesting proposition from a vey feline person. Pretty soon she finds that dies queen of a coven of witches, enjoying all of the "good"things in life.
The story is exactly what it seems-that there's a hidden life behind every closed door.
It's a fun fantasy. It's also a political satire, and a prophesy of how things could be.
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