The Master and Margarita

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Suppressed in the Soviet Union for twenty-six years, Mikhail Bulgakov's masterpiece is an ironic parable of power and its corruption, good and evil, and human frailty and the strength of love. Featuring Satan, accompanied by a retinue that includes the large, fast-talking, vodka drinking black tom cat Behemoth, the beautiful Margarita, her beloved-a distraught writer known only as the Master-Pontius Pilate, and Jesus Christ, The Master and Margarita combines fable, fantasy, political satire, and slapstick comedy into a wildly entertaining and unforgettable tale that is commonly considered one of the greatest novels ever to come out of the Soviet Union.


At the hour of sunset, on a hot spring day, two citizens appeared in the Patriarchs’ Ponds Park. One, about forty, in a gray summer suit, was short, plump, dark-haired and partly bald. He carried his ...

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Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1891. At the outbreak of World War I, Bulgakov joined the Red Cross, and he graduated from Kiev University medical school in 1916. After graduation, Bulgakov joined the White Army, which opposed the rising Bolshevik presence in Russia, and he served as a field doctor in the Caucuses during the Civil War. After his family was forced into exile, in Paris, when the Soviets secured the government, Bulgakov became a journalist.

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