The Master And Margarita

Paperback | March 19, 1996

byMikhail BulgakovTranslated byKatherine O'connor, Diana Burgin

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(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Russian fiction, Mikhail Bulgakov’s THE MASTER AND MARGARITA was written during Stalin’s regime and could not be published until many years after its author’s death.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 Meanwhile, the Master, author of an unpublished novel about Jesus and Pontius Pilate, languishes in despair in a pyschiatric hospital, while his devoted lover, Margarita, decides to sell her soul to save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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(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Russian fiction, Mikhail Bulgakov’s THE MASTER AND MARGARITA was written during Stalin’s regime and could not be published until many years after its author’s death.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—includin...

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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 conc...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.93 × 5.16 × 0.8 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 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

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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