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


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  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,709 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KiRa on 7 Sep 2011
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Republik on 2 Nov 2011
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Russell56 on 18 May 2012
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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 Vincent Rivera on 17 Feb 2014
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My favorite novel, favorite book cover. Great service. I'd buy every copy of it if I could... Thanks so much for the book
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This edition seems true to the original story with god interpretation.
Love this story and it's place in Russian history and Mikhail Bulgakov's struggle to maintain his writing and keep out of prison.
First time I read this story I thought it terribly sad and the 2nd time I thought it was hilariously funny so see how this 3rd book feels.
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By grace21 on 30 Aug 2013
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Crazy fantasy novel, which has especially great depth if you know your Russian history (which I really don't). Chosen by a Russian member of the reading group I'm in. We really enjoyed it. Margarita is a fantastic character.
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By Mrs. Gill Baker on 19 Aug 2013
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I had no idea what to expect this but it's a powerful piece yet surprisingly easy to read. Still in the early chapters but really enjoying it.
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By fedz on 30 May 2013
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very topical for all interested in russia especially today as Russia is returning to stalinism.
Complex, intellectual, wonderful reading, a challenge.
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