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The Master and Margarita Paperback – 8 Aug 1997
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"One of the truly great Russian novels of [the twentieth] century." --NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW"The book is by turns hilarious, mysterious, contemplative, and poignant . . . A great work."--CHICAGO TRIBUNE"Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita is a soaring, dazzling novel; an extraordinary fusion of wildly disparate elements. It is a concerto played simultaneously on the organ, the bagpipes, and a pennywhistle, while someone sets off fireworks between the players' feet."--NEW YORK TIMES"Fine, funny, imaginative . . . The Master and Margarita stands squarely in the great Gogolesque tradition of satiric narrative."--NEWSWEEK "A wild surrealistic romp . . . Brilliantly flamboyant and outrageous."--Joyce Carol Oates"Sparkling, enchanting, funny, deeply serious and sometimes baffling . . . [The Master and Margarita is] a liberating, exuberant social and political satire combined with a profound moral and political allegory . . . A bravura performance of truly heroic virtuosity, a carnival of the imagination." --from the Introduction by Simon Franklin
One of the truly great Russian novels of [the twentieth] century. NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW The book is by turns hilarious, mysterious, contemplative, and poignant . . . A great work. CHICAGO TRIBUNE Bulgakov s The Master and Margarita is a soaring, dazzling novel; an extraordinary fusion of wildly disparate elements. It is a concerto played simultaneously on the organ, the bagpipes, and a pennywhistle, while someone sets off fireworks between the players feet. NEW YORK TIMES Fine, funny, imaginative . . . The Master and Margarita stands squarely in the great Gogolesque tradition of satiric narrative. NEWSWEEK A wild surrealistic romp . . . Brilliantly flamboyant and outrageous. Joyce Carol Oates Sparkling, enchanting, funny, deeply serious and sometimes baffling . . . [The Master and Margarita is] a liberating, exuberant social and political satire combined with a profound moral and political allegory . . . A bravura performance of truly heroic virtuosity, a carnival of the imagination. from the Introduction by Simon Franklin" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is quite brilliant to have satan come to save the world, to make bad things happen to bad people and to save the last remaining good souls from destruction.
But the real beauty of the book is the wonderful book within the book, the master's masterpiece, the story of Pontius Pilate. I often read these chapters by themselves for it is a wonderfully written story of Christ and his tormentor.
Anyway, if you haven't read it, please do. if you enjoy good literature you will not be disappointed.
so detested. The suspension bridges connecting the temple with the grim fortress of Antonia vanished, the murk descended from the sky and drowned the winged gods above the hippodrome, the crenellated Hasmonaean palace, the bazaars, the caravanserai, the alleyways, the pools ... Jerusalem, the great city, vanished as though it had never been. The mist devoured everything, frightening every living creature in Jerusalem and its surroundings. The city was engulfed by a strange cloud which had
crept over it from the sea towards the end of that day, the fourteenth of the month of Nisan."
Bulgarkov weaves a story of remarkable complexity, alternating between the bizarre and the credible. He variously and apparently effortlessly combines humour with tragedy and to some extent mysticism.
This is a book for the serious reader; if you are such, it's likely that you'll be captivated by Bulgarkov's writing - surely the work of a genius.
Although the story is extraordinarily bizarre and surreal, it never seems to go over-the-top when you're reading it - although you know very well that it is exceeding reality beyond any reckoning. Thus, when you are reading it, you take the shape of the book in the sense that it seems perfectly normal. The craziness, evidently, makes it very hard for a voluntary reviewer to put it into words!
If you manage to keep up with the story, and I've heard people say they couldn't, then this makes for an utterly fascinating read. The bewildering list of Russian names can easily confuise the reader, however changing the names from their originals into "Peter Jones" or "John Smith" would take the mystique away from the book and besides, names like "Nikolai Ivanovich Bosoi" just make it much more exciting! Writing a short synposis of this story is impossible, one can only explain how amazing this book is and recommend anybody with the time read it with full concentration.
The main thing about this is how the adventurous fiction is intertwined with the story of Pontius Pilate and his decision to execute the prisoner "Yeshua Ha-Nostri". The links and the connections between the two tales are gloriously played out by Bulgakov who seems to return to the Pilate story from the story of a black magician's visit to Moscow with immaculate frequency. Come the end chapters of this book, the satisfaction of realising what has happened is one I have never been met with by any book.
This is a must-read book for anyone!
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I loved Bulgakov’s ‘The Master and Margarita’ for its procession of surreal characters. Perhaps, none so amusing as those concerning Behemoth: an enormous, black, talking cat. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Rae Else
I have loved this book for close on forty years, read it every five years or so. If I like you, I will have given you a copy.Published 18 days ago by J. Wilson
This book is an undeniable classic in Russian literature! Well written, touching, entertaining, engrossing, true! Good translation.Published 2 months ago by Regina
How does one describe this book?
Faustian? – undoubtedly but the Faustian bargain goes far further here– which one can’t detail without spoilers
Odd? Read more
Having looked at the original and Glenny's 1967 translation reprinted by Vintage, there would appear to be quite a few mistranslations, or, at best, 'over-interpretations' of the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tony Bastow
Not like anything I've read before. Have a try, see if it takes you to new places. Is there a creature more entrancing than Margarita? Read morePublished 5 months ago by DunxE