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The Master and Margarita

Bulgakov, Mikhail (Book - 1996)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Suppressed in the Soviet Union for twenty-six years, Mikhail Bulgakov's masterpiece is an ironic parable of power and its corruption, good and evil, and human frailty and the strength of love. Featuring Satan, accompanied by a retinue that includes the large, fast-talking, vodka drinking black tom cat Behemoth, the beautiful Margarita, her beloved - a distraught writer known only as the Master - Pontius Pilate, and Jesus Christ, The Master and Margarita combines fable, fantasy, political satire, and slapstick comedy into a wildly entertaining and unforgettable tale that is commonly considered one of the greatest novels ever to come out of the Soviet Union. "A wild surrealistic romp.... Brilliantly flamboyant and outrageous."-Joyce Carol Oates, The Detroit News; "Fine, funny, imaginative.... The Master and Margarita stands squarely in the great Gogolesque tradition of satiric narrative."-Saul Maloff, Newsweek; "Funny, devilish, brilliant satire.... It's literature of the highest order and . . . it will deliver a full measure of enjoyment and enlightenment."-Publisher's Weekly; "A rich, funny, moving and bitter novel.... Vast and boisterous entertainment."-The New York Times
Authors: Bulgakov, Mikhail, 1891-1940
Title: The Master and Margarita
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1996
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
Characteristics: 372 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Mikhail Bulgakov ; translated by Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O'Connor ; annotations and afterword by Ellendea Proffer
Notes: Originally published in hardcover: Dana Point, Calif. : Ardis, 1995
ISBN: 9780679760801
0679760806
Branch Call Number: FICTION BULGAKOV 1996
Subject Headings: Jerusalem Fiction Moscow (Russia) Fiction Good and evil Fiction
Genre/Form: Allegories
Political fiction
Topical Term: Good and evil
LCCN: 95045873
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An excellent translation of a multi-layered narrative lasagna, Bulgakov's novel moves slowly but you can't stop reading. It's like strolling through a museum, you read as you would stumble along historical galleries. It just has to be read, the book is a different experience for everyone.

An excellent translation of a multi-layered narrative lasagna, Bulgakov's novel moves slowly but you can't stop reading. It's like a museum, you read as you would stumble along historical galleries. It just has to be read, it's a different book for everyone.

The Devil drops in on the atheistic USSR. Author Bulgakov's satire reaches every corner of his country and society, and lavishes special care on bureaucracy.


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