- 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)
The Master and Margarita (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 15 Feb 2011
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About the Author
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We chose to read this for my book group. Many of us failed to finish it as its just so bizarre and confusing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by samantha borroff
The translation by Kalperson is bad which is a great shame, because the novel (in a proper translation) is wonderful.Published 7 months ago by Jytte
My favorite novel, favorite book cover. Great service. I'd buy every copy of it if I could... Thanks so much for the bookPublished 24 months ago by Vincent Rivera
This edition seems true to the original story with good interpretation.
Love this story and it's place in Russian history and Mikhail Bulgakov's struggle to maintain his... Read more
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. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2013 by grace21