The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Master and Margarita

The first complete, annotated English Translation of Mikhail Bulgakov's comic masterpiece.An audacious revision of the stories of Faust and Pontius Pilate, The Master and Margarita is recognized as one of the essential classics of modern Russian literature. The novel's vision of Soviet life in the 1930s is so ferociously accurate that it could not be published during its author's lifetime and appeared only in a censored edition in the 1960s. Its ...

Details The Master and Margarita

TitleThe Master and Margarita
Release DateMar 1st, 1996
PublisherVintage International
GenreFiction, Classics, Cultural, Russia, Fantasy, Literature, Russian Literature, Magical Realism, Novels, Historical, Historical Fiction, 20th Century

Reviews The Master and Margarita

  • Kris
    This review is dedicated to Mary, the very model of a perfect co-moderator and GR friend.Unlocking the Meaning of The Master and MargaritaMikhail BulgakovIn the decades following the publication of The Master and Margarita, myriad critics have attempted to find a key to unlock the meaning of Bulgakov’s unfinished masterwork. Some viewed the novel as a political roman à clef, laboriously substituting historical figures from Stalinist Moscow for...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Master and Margarita, Mikhail BulgakovThe Master and Margarita is a novel by Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov, written in the Soviet Union between 1928 and 1940 during Stalin's regime. The story concerns a visit by the devil to the officially atheistic Soviet Union. Many critics consider it to be one of the best novels of the 20th century, as well as the foremost of Soviet satires.The novel alternates between two settings. The first is 1930s M...
  • Nataliya
    EXTRA! EXTRA! This review has now been immortalized in audio format. Authentic Russian accent and Russian quotes are provided free of charge :)'m staying home from work today, sick to the extreme, and it's only in that unique feverish clarity that comes with illness that I dare to even try to write about this book.This is THE book. The one that all the other books are measured against....
  • Jason
    The Chicago Tribune wrote: “The book is by turns hilarious, mysterious, contemplative and poignant, and everywhere full of rich descriptive passages.”Hilarious and contemplative my ass, CT. This book is an interminable slog.Look, here’s the deal. I get that this book satirizes 1930s Stalinist Russia, and I get that—for some—this earns The Master and Margarita a place on their “works-of-historical-importance” shelves. But for me, it ...
  • °°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο Αμ
    «Sympathy for the Devil»His name is God. Not Lucifer,not Satan,but God!!!Satan is God in a bad mood. God in a bad mood lays our souls to waste. «As heads is tales Just call me LUCIFER cop is to criminal as God is to Lucifer». God in a good mood plays games with us. «What’s confusing you is just THE NATURE OF MY GAME»«This song has a direct tie to the book, "the Master and the Margarita", is about all the history & tragedies with points ...
  • Ilse
    Love leaped out in front of us like a murderer in an alley leaping out of nowhere, and struck us both at once. As lightning strikes, as a Finnish knife strikes! She, by the way, insisted afterwards that it wasn’t so, that we had, of course, loved each other for a long, long time, without knowing each other, never having seen each other… I experienced this magical novel as an unrivalled ode to love and reveled in its delectable burlesque and h...
  • Agir(آگِر)
    مزخرف یعنی این: از لحاظ تازگی درجه دوتازگی تنها یک درجه دارد؛ درجه اول و آخرش یکی استاین کتاب نمایشی است از تقابل راستی و دروغ در جامعه روسیه استالین جامعه روسیه را دروغ و دزدی و تظاهر فرا گرفته و روشنفکران و منتقدان و نویسندگان هم به این کار دامن می ...
  • BlackOxford
    Soviet Ghost StoriesStories, stories, all is stories: political stories, religious stories, scientific stories, even stories about stories. We live inside these stories. Like this one in The Master and Margarita. The story that we can more or less agree upon we call reality. But is it real?Story-making and telling is what we do as human beings. Through stories we create meaning out of thin air, in the same way that plants create their food from l...
  • Henry Avila
    A poet "Homeless", as he calls himself, and a magazine editor, his gruff boss, Berlioz, are having a conversation, in a quiet, nondescript Moscow park, just before the start of the Second World War. Drinking, just harmless sodas, and discussing business, ordinary right? That's the last time in this novel, it is. An apparition appears in the sky, weird and unbelievable, a frightening seven foot transparent man, is seen floating above their heads, ...
  • s.penkevich
    Manuscripts don’t burn…Mikhail Bulgakov, who is no stranger to the pale fire of a burning manuscript, has created a masterpiece of fiction that truly cannot be burned. Having been completed, but not fully edited, by the time of Bulgakov’s demise, this novel survived Soviet censorship and the test of time to remain one of the foremost Russian novels of the 20th century, and still holds relevance in today’s world. From political intrigue an...
  • Fayez Ghazi فايز غازي
    - أهلاً بكم الى ملحمة بولغاكوف، قمة عطائه الأدبي وأفضل اعماله، والمرحلة الأخيرة من نتاج عقله وقلبه متحدين.. الملحمة ذات الأبعاد الثلاثية (كما وجدتها)، والتي قدّم بولغاكوف فيها قراءة دينية جديدة، وسياسية واقعية، وغيبية مستقبلية رافعاً الأدب والأدي...
  • William2
    This is a romp. While reading it I saw somewhere that Salman Rushdie said it was a major influence for him in the writing of The Satanic Verses. I have an inkling, unconfirmed at this point, that Gabriel García Márquez and Italo Calvino were also influenced by it. Several things about it surprise me. No doubt it's loaded with political subtext about Stalin's Russia; it was written during the years of the worst crimes of Stalin's regime. I spea...
  • Foad
    چگونه مىتوان عاشق ولند نبود؟ چگونه مىتوان آرزويش را نكرد؟ شيطانى كه با دستيارهايش جهان را از پاشنه در مىكند تا حق گردن كلفتها را بگذارد كف دستشان، گردن بزرگترينهاشان را به يك اشاره خرد كند، با شعبدههايش به ريششان بخندد و اين چهرههاى متشخص و جا افتا...
  • Steve
    There once was a book praised as boffThat caused others to pan it and scoffSo who wrote this thingWhence sentiments swing?T’was a Russian they called Bulgakov.The culture was smothered by StalinHe purged those he felt failed to fall in.So how to respondSans magical wand?With satire, to show it’s appallin’.The book has been said to have layersWith multiple plotlines and players.There’s good and there’s badAnd witches unclad.Can naked tru...
  • Lyn
    The Master and Margarita by Soviet era writer Mikhail Bulgakov seems to inspire strong emotions though most critics and commentators have been impressed with the fantastic satire. Le Monde listed the novel number 94 on its 100 books of the century. I found it absurd, outrageous, inconsistent, but for the most part entertaining. I would probably appreciate the novel more if I better understood Bulgakov’s scathing satire on atheistic Soviet socie...
  • Mike Puma
    This is not a review. This is my reaction to reading TM&M. Nothing more, and certainly less.From time to time, and always when I receive a Friend Request, I check other people’s Read list via the Compare Books function—constantly cringing at the five titles that always show up as huge scars—the titles on their Read list and my To Read list. The indignity. It doesn’t end. There are five, five which constantly haunt me, flood me with shame....
  • ميقات الراجحي
    وكأنها نحتت من صخر.. فنان عاهدها بالمراجعة والتدقيق من حينٍ لآخر لتخرج لنا بهذه الصورة النهائية. لوحة فنية وغيمة من مطر وإعصار تربك القارئ حد الجنون هذه رواية من روح ونبض.من أعظم ما قرأت في الأدب الروسي الأدب الذي يحتل مكانة مرموقة لا ينازعه عليها و...
  • Ian
    Swimming Against the StreamThis was my second reading of “The Master and Margarita”, although the first must have been in the mid-70’s.I had vivid memories of the first reading, although if you had asked me to describe them, I wouldn’t have been able to. All I can recall is something fluid and magical.I hesitate to use the term “Magical Realism”, because I wasn’t aware of it at the time and, besides, I dispute whether the term appli...
  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    I love this book, but I won't assume you're an idiotic bigot if you think it sucks.
  • B0nnie
    The first time I read The Master and Margarita many years ago I saw it as a diamond in the rough. Rereading it now, I can see how brilliant that diamond really is. Jubilee edition It's difficult to explain the effect of this book. There is such a wild oscillation in it that swings us back and forth between two worlds: the world of Moscow - a wild circus with the devil Woland as ringmaster - and the world of Yershalaim (Jerusalem). These are f...
  • Fernando
    “Encantado de conocerte / espero que adivines mi nombre / lo que realmente te despista / es la clase de juego que me traigo”, cantan los Rolling Stones en “Sympathy for the Devil”, un tema que parece haber sido compuesto especialmente por y para este libro.¡Y qué libro tan genial! Cuando uno lee este tipo de novelas, entiende por qué se los denomina “libros de culto” y es que simplemente uno no puede dejar de sucumbir ante tanta pe...
  • Fabian
    This is sorta like trying to explain the "Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey" ride at Universal Studios (a constant ad on Goodreads [also, cool factoid: this is actor Daniel Radcliffe's favorite novel!])--I will eventually make a fool of myself trying to describe the orchestrations of both the physical body with the pyrotechnics and rollercoaster mechanics... see, I just can't.And one can't quite get to the bottom of "The Master and Margarita"-...
  • Luís C.
    Barely begun, I have more left! The fantastic adventures of the man with the severed head and demonic cat that disappears and reappears at will (among others) soothes me. What a brilliant storyteller that this Russian writer of the last century! The appearance of Marguerite Nikolaievna, the lover of the Master - 30 years, beautiful, smart, and married - without children - a very eminent specialist early in the second part of the story was very be...
  • Mohamed Al
    عندما انضممت إلى صالون الأدب الروسي هنا في القودريدس، كان من ضمن أهدافي المضمرة هو التتلمذ على أيدي أساتذة الأدب الروسي (أعظم آداب العالم في رأيي) مثل غوغول ودوستويفسكي وبوشكين وتولستوي وغيرهم استعدادًا لكتابة روايتي الأولى.مشكلة كتاب الرواية ال...
  • Vit Babenco
    There was something devilish and demonic in the time itself so the devil with his demons descended unto the capital city.First of all, the man described did not limp on any leg, and was neither short nor enormous, but simply tall. As for his teeth, he had platinum crowns on the left side and gold on the right. He was wearing an expensive grey suit and imported shoes of a matching colour. His grey beret was cocked rakishly over one ear; under his ...
  • M.rmt
    با وجود افراد فرهیخته و ریویو های خوبی که گذاشته میشه ،من با سواد ناقصم سعی می کنم کمتر نظر بدم. اما این کتاب اونقدر خوب بود که نمیتونم اشتیاق نوشتن احساسمو نادیده بگیرم.فضای سورئال و فانتزی و کنایه های زیرپوستی این کتابو به یکی از بهترینا تبدیل کرد....
  • Diane
    What. The Hell. Was That? This Russian novel was so wacky and schizophrenic that it gave me a headache.I had never heard of "The Master and Margarita" until a book club friend said it was one of her favorites. It comes weighted with a lot of praise -- it is considered one of the great Russian novels and has been listed as one of the best books of the 20th Century.I read a lot of glowing, 5-star reviews of this book, but I just didn't connect with...
  • Guille
    Novela con innumerables recovecos y múltiples interpretaciones e imposible de abarcar aquí (o simplemente inabarcable). Pero sirvan estas notas para intentar animar a su lectura que estoy seguro que entusiasmará a más de uno de los que por aquí transitan. Los atractivos son muchos. Para empezar, disfrutaremos de varios y muy distintos estilos literarios. La farsa centrada en el diablo, Woland, y su comitiva, es una sátira grotesca y justici...
  • Jim Fonseca
    More or less a novel, this book is also an allegory. Like Moby Dick, there are probably a dozen interpretations that can be given to it. The extensive local color comes from Moscow in the early Twentieth Century. (The author wrote and revised it from 1929 to 1940). The main plot centers around a crowd of Russian literati - authors, theater goers and hangers-on, particularly one older world-weary author (the Master) and his beautiful young girlfri...
  • Steven Godin
    Hmm......It would appear that poor old Berlioz was not the only one to lose his head, feels like mine has gone as well!, not literally though more mentally, as I can't quite make heads or tails out of what has just gone before my eyes!. While other writers of this time period put pen to paper in the darkest of ways under Stalin's reign, Mikhail Bulgakov decides to write about among other things, talking cats, naked witches, Pontius Pilate, invisi...