The Master and Margarita

Voorkant
Pan Macmillan UK, 28 mei 2019 - 496 pagina's

A literary sensation from its first publication, The Master and Margarita has become an astonishing phenomenon in Russia and has been translated into more than twenty languages, and made into plays and films. Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel is now considered one of the seminal works of twentieth-century Russian literature.

In this imaginative extravaganza the Devil, disguised as a magician, descends upon Moscow in the 1930s with his riotous band, which includes a talking cat and an expert assassin. Together they succeed in comically befuddling a population which denies the Devil’s existence, even as it is confronted with the diabolic results of a magic act gone wrong. This visit to the world capital of atheism has several aims, one of which concerns the fate of the Master, a writer who has written a novel about Pontius Pilate, and is now in a mental hospital.

By turns acidly satiric, fantastic and ironically philosophical, this work constantly surprises and entertains, as the action switches back and forth between the Moscow of the 1930s and first-century Jerusalem. The commentary and afterword provide new insight into the mysterious subtexts of the novel, and here The Master and Margarita is revealed in all its complexity.

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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 (2019)

Mikhail Bulgakov was a novelist and playwright. His best known work, The Master and Margarita, has been called one of the masterpieces of the 20th century.

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