The Master and Margarita Author:Mikhail Bulgakov The Time is 1920 — The Place is Moscow — The Devil appears with a retinue including a naked girl vampire with red hair and phosphorescent eyes, and a black cat that smokes cigars and is a dead shot with a Browning automatic. But Satan is only one member of a cast of characters that includes Faust, Christ, and Walpurgian witches. Like his compatr... more »iot Dostoyevsky, Bulgakov reenacts the passion of Christ in a devastating modern idiom. Here Faust is seen as a Russian novelist of genius who is packed off to a lunatic asylum for having retold the Passion in a way that is unacceptable to the Russian authorities. Pontius Pilate appears as a baffled autocrat who suffers from psycho-somatic headaches. And the Devil is a combinatino of tempter, sorcerer, and soothsayer--a figure who brings chos, insanity, and death to the streets of Moscow.
"Bulgakov's most daring work. Its publication for the first time in Russia is part of a literary rebelliion that is sweeping through Soviet letters."--Time« less