The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita

eBook - 2016 | 50th-Anniversary
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A 50th-anniversary Deluxe Edition of the incomparable 20th-century masterpiece of satire and fantasy, in a newly revised version of the acclaimed Pevear and Volokhonsky translation Nothing in the whole of literature compares with The Master and Margarita. One spring afternoon, the Devil, trailing fire and chaos in his wake, weaves himself out of the shadows and into Moscow. Mikhail Bulgakov's fantastical, funny, and devastating satire of Soviet life combines two distinct yet interwoven parts, one set in contemporary Moscow, the other in ancient Jerusalem, each brimming with historical, imaginary, frightful, and wonderful characters. Written during the darkest days of Stalin's reign, and finally published in 1966 and 1967, The Master and Margarita became a literary phenomenon, signaling artistic and spiritual freedom for Russians everywhere. This newly revised translation, by the award-winning team of Pevear and Volokhonsky, is made from the complete and unabridged Russian text.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: 2016
Edition: 50th-Anniversary
ISBN: 9781524704124
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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The novel interweaves at least four plot lines: a comic account of Satan's visit to Stalin's Moscow; a love story between a tormented writer and a brave woman; an artist's tale; and an alternative history of Christ's encounter with Pontius Pilate.


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Jewhyte
Jan 21, 2019

This may be my favourite novel of all time. In my view, it is becoming more and more important as the academic left becomes more regressive and destabilizing! Must read.

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handsometony
Jul 12, 2018

NOTE - This particular eBook, as of July 12, 2018 is the script for the stage adaptation of the Master and Margarita. If the cover is red with a woman and a ventriloquist dummy, it will likely still be the play and not the actual novel.

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avocadotree
Mar 08, 2017

The translation is too dry. Or maybe its meant to be impossible to read. You don't need to know Russian history as much as you have to know Roman history. Or the bible. Footnotes and googling definitions galore. It took me 2 hours to read the second chapter and at no time was it funny or interesting. The people must know, my tushie. This book is completely not understandable. Way too long and elaborate. Though it could just be a really bad translation, but somehow I get the feeling it was doomed from the beginning as in never even finished. This book is a chore to read. I plod on hoping beyond hope this novel will jell. Oh, by the way, the introduction should only take a couple hours to read if you can at all make sense of it. Or maybe read the introduction after taking a course in Roman history, Russian history, and Bible Studies of the Old and New Testaments. Oh and don't forget to watch a few Harry Potter movies before attempting to decode the intoduction. Dedicate 6 months to a year at least to only reading and cross referencing this book. Then it MIGHT be funny or interesting. This is the kind of stuff people must pay to be educated for and then maybe still not grasp. Intellectual literature certainly not meant for the common man. Recommended not for the weak or those without a master's degree in literature.

Jasna_T Dec 12, 2014

It's a multifaceted book, with several plots skillfully interwoven and with Satan, Pontius Pilate and Jesus as its main protagonists (among others.) In spite of its multileveled complexity, Master and Margarita is a surprisingly smooth read. Funny and disturbing at the same time.

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