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The Master and Margarita (Vintage Magic) Paperback – 1 Apr 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099448696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099448693
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is a hymn to the imagination" (Desmond O'Grady)

"This book is absorbing, brilliant slapstick, and looks deep in to the heart of fantasy and longing" (Sunday Times)

"Stunning, superb...Bulgakov is one of the greatest Russian writers, perhaps the greatest" (Independent)

"A masterpiece-a classic of twentieth-century fiction" (New York Times)

"A marvellous writer" (Michael Frayn)

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A fierce satire, filled with dazzling surreal humour

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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. From his first appearance when he hops on a tram and insists on paying his fare, to all his vodka drinking and gun wielding shenanigans, he is delightful! There are other wonderful, characters in the demonic entourage, like Azazello and Koroviev whose antics are well worth checking out. And of course, there is the devil himself – if you loved Dr Faustus then you will love his understated guise as the foreign professor, Woland.

There is too much to say about the book in one review, but I think what I liked the most (aside from the devilry) is how creativity and imagination dissolve the bland and superficial. God and the devil, bureaucrats and higher culture fall by the wayside, but the human spirit comes shining through.
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I'm not sure how I've managed to miss this surreal satirical masterpiece until now - but many thanks to Nick from the Station book group for choosing it. How did he get books and plays like this past Pravda and the other apparatus of state censorship? It's interesting to contrast Bulgakov's and Shostakovich's experiences of struggling to survive and work under Stalin.
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A dazzling,surreal masterpiece,part religious allegory,part political satire and with elements of autobiography;in that the Master's artistic neglect mirrors Bulgakov's own experience as a maverick writer in Stalinist Russia
Any deficiencies in the translation would seem trivial,when set against the difficulty of learning Russian!!
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completely bonkers. Close your mind to the world you know and immerse yourself in this book.
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One of my favourite books of all time. Got it as a Christmas present for my partner. I think it will be ideal. It is great to share the best things with the ones you love. I recommend it for everyone who likes good literature.
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too russian for me
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Absolutely brilliant. Took me just under a week to finish this, once I started I was completely hooked. Spot on translation. Buy it!!
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A book that combines a wonderful story with an amazing sense of magic. It takes you right out of this world.
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