The Master And Margarita by Mikhail BulgakovThe Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Master And Margarita

byMikhail BulgakovTranslated byKatherine O'connor, Diana Burgin

Paperback | March 19, 1996

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The underground masterpiece of twentieth-century Russian fiction, this classic novel was written during Stalin’s regime and could not be published until many years after its author’s death.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 Meanwhile, the Master, author of an unpublished novel about Jesus and Pontius Pilate, languishes in despair in a pyschiatric hospital, while his devoted lover, Margarita, decides to sell her soul to save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.

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. He died impoverished and blind in 1940 shortly after completing his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita.
Title:The Master And MargaritaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:March 19, 1996Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0679760806

ISBN - 13:9780679760801

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! It's an exciting book with gripping suspense in every chapter. It can be a little hard to follow sometimes though.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would recommend Was recommended this book after I told someone I enjoyed Russian literature - this was very a wild read; this author was very ahead of his time.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books ever Read it at least 3 times and this version with notes in the back is the best yet.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strange but good I admit that this was very difficult to follow, but you felt as though you were reading something with many intricate layers.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! Such an addicting book, will for sure re-read it to get a glimpse of more details.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Complete Translation Burgin and O'Connor restore Soviet-censored passages to the Master and Margarita. Their translation is more readable than Pevear and Volokhonsky's clunky mess, but not as beautiful as Mira Ginsburg's, which is based on an original, censored publication from the 1960s. Burgin and O'Connor also include comprehensive endnotes that I found useful. However, some of these spoil details from other Russian works, especially from the 19th Century canon.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My most favourite book of all times! I re-read it over 5 times already. In the language of original. It's hard to summarize, what the book is about: life, in everything this word encompasses. Every time I find something new about the story line I haven't noticed before.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding I cannot give enough praise to this book. The premise is pure genius. The Devil arrives in the politically-imposed atheistic Soviet Russia. Bulgakov masterfully weaves social commentary, satir, history, philosophy and psychology into this novel and still manages to tell a truely engaging story. A must-read for and fan of literature. For those who are not too familliar with Soviet history I recommend looking up a bit about the history of the book (mainly regarding the publishing if it) to help understand why it was/is such a revolutionary novel.
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of a kind What a great novel. I recommend it to anyone and everyone who enjoys reading. It is funny, intriguing and masterfully written. I am a very avid reader, yet this story was like no other. For those who don’t really do the religion thing, this book does not preach. The cat was my favorite.
Date published: 2008-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love It The Master and Margarita is a great, funny, intriguing novel. It has a great plot and talks about interesting characters, such as the devil and the cat. Mikhail Bulgakov truly took chance on writing this book in his times. Once you read the novel, it's clearly seen how people thought of Russian living and the government back then. All the events in the book could have happened to anyone around the world (except the whole "the devil stole my money" kind of thing), but at the same time he ties everything up with a beautiful love story of the Master and Margarita. This book really plays on your mind, and Bulgakov's great humour helps too.
Date published: 2006-06-09

Editorial Reviews

“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