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The Master and Margarita Paperback – January 13, 1994
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A wild surrealistic romp. . . . Brilliantly flamboyant and outrageous.” Joyce Carol Oates, The Detroit News
This dark, absurd, and subversive treasure lay hidden for many years, even after Bulgakov’s death, such was the fear of reprisal for such a pointed, authentic stab at life under the tyrannical malevolence of Uncle Joe and the withering Soviet climate of the time.” Johnny Depp, My Essentials” in Entertainment Weekly’s Best of the Decade” issue (December 11, 2009)
Fine, funny, imaginative . . . . The Master and Margarita stands squarely in the great Gogolesque tradition of satiric narrative.” Saul Maloff, Newsweek
The book is by turns hilarious, mysterious, contemplative and poignant. . . . A great work.” Chicago Tribune
Magnificent . . . a gloriously ironic gothic masterpiece . . . had me rapt with bliss.” Patrick McGrath, Guardian (UK)
Funny, devilish, brilliant satire . . . It’s literature of the highest order and . . . it will deliver a full measure of enjoyment and enlightenment.” Publishers Weekly
A rich, funny, moving and bitter novel . . . . Vast and boisterous entertainment.” The New York Times
A classic of twentieth-century fiction.” The New York Times Book Review
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Bulgakov was one of the first generation of Soviet writers who flourished in the 20s, during the short lived Soviet Experimental movement, and then suffered horribly after the stregnthening of Stalin's regime. Bugakov was primarily a man of the Theater, and something of a theatrical quality hangs on to this book. The chapters have an almost tableaux style construction. When the Stalinist purges began, Bulgakov was began work on Master and Margarita, pretty much to please himself. He knew that he would never live to see it published.
The novel itself is nearly impossible to describe. It consists of three separate plots. On the surface is the visit to Moscow, of the Devil in the guise of a professor named Woland, and his henchmen, two grotesque disfigured men, a naked woman and a cat who plays chess among other things. The group proceeds to essentially terrorize the city's intellectual community, mostly by exposing each character's inner hypocracy. The satire of communist society in this section is quite biting, and uproariously funny. Embedded in this story is a "novel within a novel" ...the story of Pontius Pilate and his encounter with the itinerant spiritual man, Yeshua.Read more ›
Without a doubt, the book in the original Russian is incomparable, but if you don't read Russian I would recommend the Burgin/Tiernan O'Connor translation. The first translation I ever read was Mirra Ginsburg's - although it is very charming and enjoyable, certain bits of conversation as well as almost an entire chapter are omitted from this translation. I have also read parts of Michael Glenny's translation, and I don't feel that his translation accurately relays the depth, rhythm and richness of Bulgakov's style. Burgin/Tiernan O'Connor has given the most complete and accurate translation of this work. Another superb feature of this translation is the commentary section at the end of the text, which is very helpful in understanding what influenced Bulgakov, and is especially helpful if the reader is not familiar with certain aspects of Soviet culture while the book was written (during the 1930's).
Lastly, I have to comment on the thing that I love most about "The Master and Margarita" - it is impossible to classify this book as one certain genre. This book is a philosophical and religious novel, an historical novel, a satire, a love story, an action/adventure, and a fantasy all rolled into one. Simply put, it is timeless - an original, brilliant and beautiful novel.
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The translation of this edition is extraordinarily good and well researched.
The narrative is extremely well crafted. Read more
Surprisingly funny for a Russian author. Characters are well-developed though not complex as complicated is not necessary. Great read.Published 21 days ago by Velasca9
Oh Russian writers!! wordy double meanings. confusing character namesPublished 1 month ago by m kane
This is a surreal satire of conditions in Russia in early party of 20th century so most of the categories really don't apply. It is a masterpiece.Published 1 month ago by Mary Anne Maier
Not being a professor of Russian Literature, I hesitate to say that in my opinion this novel is the best thing that ever came out of Soviet Russia.Published 1 month ago by Edmund A. Klebe
The quality of the book is great, looks impecable to me. The story I knew and loved already, wanted to gift it to someone who doesn't speak my native language; also apparently the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ryuuzako23
The Master and Margarita is, in my opinion, one of the definitive masterpieces of the 20th century. Several professional critics have also asserted this in their reviews. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pcpaul
Great novel. I can recommend these Everyman's Library hardcover editions. If you want this book as a keeper, you should be happy with this edition. The paper is good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deardon