The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita

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TRANSLATED BY MICHAEL GLENNY. The devil makes a personal appearance in Moscow accompanied by various demons, including a naked girl and a huge black cat. When he leaves, the asylums are full and the forces of law and order in disarray. Only the Master, a man devoted to truth, and Margarita, the woman he loves, can resist the devil's onslaught.

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 30mm | 322.05g
  • 01 Apr 2004
  • VINTAGE
  • London
  • 0099448696
  • 9780099448693
  • 185,152

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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. After a lifetime at odds with the stultifying Soviet regime, he died impoverished and blind in 1940, shortly after completing his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita. None of his major fiction was published during his lifetime.

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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. After a lifetime at odds with the stultifying Soviet regime, he died impoverished and blind in 1940, shortly after completing his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita. None of his major fiction was published during his lifetime.

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Disappointing...unfortunately

This novel was recommended to me by various of my Russian students and friends.I had high expectations, and as the novel began, I was intrigued. The premise of the devil interacting with common people in an allegorical manner was interesting. Unfortunately, the novel deteriorated into a series of comic interludes with minor characters taking up to much time for little detail. rnrnI was hugely disappointed. Yes, the portrayal of mankind's petty insecurities, jealousies etc are clearly etched. The denunciation of society - envy over housing, possessions, watching others is also stark. However, Bulgakov is not to be compared, as some have tried to do, with other Russian novelists, at least not on this showing.rnrnMaybe it caught me at a disadvantageous time, but I cannot rate this novel at better than 3 stars.show more
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