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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!

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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

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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.

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User Review  - s.penkevich - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

There once was a book praised as boff That caused others to pan it and scoff So who wrote this thing Whence sentiments swing? T'was a Russian they called Bulgakov. The culture was smothered by Stalin ... Read full review

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User Review  - Megan Baxter - Goodreads

I am not quite sure what I think about this book. I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. The sudden twists and turns in tone didn't throw me off, but they did leave me a bit discombobulated. I wonder if ... Read full review

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User Review  - Terry - Goodreads

3 - 3.5 stars I find myself a little conflicted about this book. On the one hand it is full of scenes and ideas that are unquestionably intriguing and thought-provoking, on the other there were ... Read full review

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