the master and margarita Author:Mikhail Bulgakov The place is Moscow. The Devil appears with a retinue that includes a naked girl vampire with red hair and posphorescent eyes, and a black cat that smokes cigars and is a dead shot with a Browning automatic. — Thus begins Bulgakov's masterwork which had been banned throughtout Russia. The recent publication of THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by a leadin... more »g Soviet journalist in the USSR is an outstanidng literary event of this decade.
Signet is the only american papaerback edition which contained the complete text as Bulgakov wrote it, including the sections still suppressedin the Soviet edition.
The major catagories of cuts have to do with sex, sepculation, shortages of goods and the Stalinist terror. Evidently it is inconceviable in Soviet Russia that anyone makes love, is naked, or even has an unbuttoned fly....readers should not be satisfied with anyhting but the whole text." The New York Times book REview« less