THE MASTER AND MARGARITA Author:Mikhail Bulgakov Cover illustration: On the staircase leading to Bulgakov's former apartment, Moscow — "The fantastic scenes are done with terrifc verve and the nonsense is sometimes reminiscent of Lewis Carroll...on another level, Bulgakov's intentions are mystically serious. You need not catch them all to appreciate his great imaginative power and ingenuity" — ... more »Sunday Telegraph
"A grim and beautiful tale..just as you think the whole thing is a very funny satire, a chilling wind of the Ingmar Bergman country blows, and, yet again, as you search for some moral significance, there are pages of sheer and beautiful fantasy"
The Times Educational Supplement
The devil makes a personal appearance in Moscow. His retinue includes two demons, a naked girl and a huge black cat which talks, walks upright, smokes cigars and is a dead shot with a Mauser sutomatic. Some of the devil's pranks are sheer anarchic fun, more often they are chosen to bring out the worst in everybody.
Whwn he leaves, the asylums are full, the forces of law and order are in disarray and the population is haunted wirh feelings of guilt and shame.
Amid this bizarre pantomime two people remain undiminished- the Master, a man single-mindedly devoted to the truth, and Margarita, the woman he loves. Mikhail Bulgakov's masterpiece is part fantasy, part satire. in part a story of fierce and splendid comic absurdity.« less
This uncensored translation of Bulgakov's novel, is a very fine example of protest literature, written during the Soviet crackdown of the 1930s. It is a anti-Stalinist message, in a complex allegory of good and evil. A "wickedly funny, sad, frightening and haunting" masterpiece of fiction. One of the best Russian novels of the last 100 years!