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Classic satire

User Review  - leore - Overstock.com

In this satire of life in Stalinist Russia during the 1930's, the Devil comes to Moscow. Laugh-out-loud absurdity mixes with serious themes in a hard to describe but wonderfully entertaining novel. I loved this book when I first read it 40 some years ago, and on rereading it I love still! ... Read full review

great gift!

User Review  - maria111 - Overstock.com

This book is very beautiful, has hardcover and a supercover. The only thing is the hardcover is red and not blue like on the picture. It even has a golden bookmark!This book is a great gift for Russian classic lovers. Read full review

Russian Novel for People Afraid of Russian Novels

User Review  - Greg L50 - Borders

Alternately hilarious and poignant, this book wickedly satirizes life in the Soviet Union under Stalin. At the same time, it beautifully depicts the creative process in the form of a novel-within-the ... Read full review

Master and the Margarita

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Delightful book with a different tone than the other famous Russian writers. This book makes for a good compare and contrast to Brothers Karamazov. I highly recommend this book for group discussion, otherwise many points are lost when only read alone. Read full review

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Writing a love story that resonates with people, is not an easy task. Shakespeare has shown how it can be done with his Romeo and Juliet.
Writing a political novel is not easy, either. Most of them
have an expiry date and when the main dictator is gone, the story becomes meaningless, or at best "historical".
So you should pause and recognize a masterpiece where the two are combined in a timeless and exquisite manner. "Master and Margarita" is one of those rare novels.
Bulgakov has blended the eternal love, with the poison of power in two different eras: the Roman empire's tyranny in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago and Stalin's dictatorship in the Soviet Union.
How skillful a writer should be, to intertwine the story of Christ's crucification, The love between Master and Margarita, terror of Stalin's era and a visit by Satan to Moscow!
In each case of these power struggles, the least powerful and most vulnerable eventually prevails: Christ over the Roman governor Pontius Pilate and the High Priest of Jerusalem, And the defenseless and fragile writer ("Master" as Margarita addresses him) against the monstrous power of Stalin.
Jesus is still in hearts and minds of many today while Pontius Pilate or the High Priest of Jerusalem are buried in history. Bulgakov lives through his masterpiece while Stalin has become a name in history books.
But above and beyond the deadly games of power, the most powerful force of them all shines through: eternal love.
The love between a lonely writer and a married woman. On the day that Margarita meets the writer, she was determined to kill herself if she didn't find her love to take her away from her boring life.
Margarita puts behind, all that matters to ordinary people: comfortable life as the wife of a wealthy husband, clothes, jewelery, nice house and a maid, and she even submits to Satan knowingly, to perish for love, only to save her lover.
It takes a lot of mastery to make a coherent story out of different threads that at first seem to be unrelated to each other, but at the end, the reader feels the corrupting impact of power, the truth of love, and how love of power and power of love have not changed in thousands of years.
 

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A true tour de force!

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No doubt a cult classic. This book is a sleeper, while as poignant as Orwell's "Animal House" and Dante's "Inferno". Superb. Mikhail Bulgakov's translation and writing style is excellent.

Master and Margarita

User Review  - tomhale47 - Overstock.com

It is a great book at a great price that anyone who loves Russian literature should read.The translation is remarkable. Read full review

Review: The Master and Margarita

User Review  - Meri - Goodreads

Satan goes to Moscow during Stalin's purges. Muscovites are relatively unimpressed, as Satan has nothing on Stalin. Brilliantly written, intricately designed, I could read this book ten times and still find subtle implications I had missed. Read full review

great

User Review  - dsfdsjfsdnf - Overstock.com

I bought this book for a friend, and I recommend it to everyone. The price is great, anywhere else it would be double. I'm very happy with my order. ... Read full review


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