The Master and Margarita

Voorkant
Picador, 1997 - 367 pagina's
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) The underground masterpiece of twentieth-century Russian fiction, Mikhail Bulgakov's THE MASTER AND MARGARITA was written during Stalin's regime and could not be published until many years after its author's death. When the devil arrives in 1930s Moscow, consorting with a retinue of odd associates--including a talking black cat, an assassin, and a beautiful naked witch--his antics wreak havoc among the literary elite of the world capital of atheism. Meanwhile, the Master, author of an unpublished novel about Jesus and Pontius Pilate, languishes in despair in a pyschiatric hospital, while his devoted lover, Margarita, decides to sell her soul to save him. As Bulgakov's dazzlingly exuberant narrative weaves back and forth between Moscow and ancient Jerusalem, studded with scenes ranging from a giddy Satanic ball to the murder of Judas in Gethsemane, Margarita's enduring love for the Master joins the strands of plot across space and time.

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Classic satire

Gebruikersrecensie  - leore - Overstock.com

In this satire of life in Stalinist Russia during the 1930s the Devil comes to Moscow. Laughoutloud absurdity mixes with serious themes in a hard to describe but wonderfully entertaining novel. I loved this book when I first read it 40 some years ago and on rereading it I love still! Volledige review lezen

Russian Novel for People Afraid of Russian Novels

Gebruikersrecensie  - Greg L50 - Borders

Alternately hilarious and poignant, this book wickedly satirizes life in the Soviet Union under Stalin. At the same time, it beautifully depicts the creative process in the form of a novel-within-the ... Volledige review lezen

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Over de auteur (1997)

Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov was a Russian playwright, novelist, and short-story writer best known for his use of humor and satire. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 15, 1891, and graduated from the Medical School of Kiev University in 1916. He served as a field doctor during World War I. Bulgakov's association with the Moscow Art Theater began in 1926 with the production of his play The Days of the Turbins, which was based on his novel The White Guard. His work was popular, but since it ridiculed the Soviet establishment, was frequently censored. His satiric novel The Heart of a Dog was not published openly in the U.S.S.R. until 1987. Bulgakov's plays including Pushkin and Moliere dealt with artistic freedom. His last novel, The Master and Margarita, was not published until 1966-67 and in censored form. Bulgakov died in Moscow on March 10, 1940.

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