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The Master and Margarita

3 Ratings: 4.7
A book by Mikhail Bulgakov

Surely no stranger work exists in the annals of protest literature thanThe Master and Margarita. Written during the Soviet crackdown of the 1930s, when Mikhail Bulgakov's works were effectively banned, it wraps its anti-Stalinist message in a complex … see full wiki

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Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Vintage
2 reviews about The Master and Margarita
review by . January 15, 2008
Written in the 1930's, not published until the late 1960's, a quarter-century after the author's death, this is an amazing book. Any short description I provide is necessarily reductive - it's a reworking of the Faust legend, with an embedded exploration of the story of Pontius Pilate, in which the devil and his retinue visit Stalinist Moscow. From this premise, the author produces a scathing satire of the politics of his time (fully aware that the book would not, and could not, be published during …
review by . December 03, 2007
Russian literature produced in the Stalin era is usually really awful or really excellent.This book falls into the latter category, as it was a real joy to read. There are various plot lines, a historical novel, and enough hilarity to make one laugh out loud. It is quite posible to read the book without referring to the notes at the end, but occasionally they add something to the book, or explain why the author wrote something the way he did. This is a timeless classic of literature and should be …
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