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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  - Sierra Swenson - Goodreads

Very tempted to give this book 4 stars because of the depth and breadth of his writing. This book is chock full of symbolism and double meaning. I still don't understand all of it! It's the kind of ... Read full review

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User Review  - emy - Goodreads

i thought this book was pretty mediocre. the plot didn't captivate me and i didn't really care about any of the characters or find them interesting. even the devil and his little minions were only ... Read full review

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User Review  - Prashanth Srivatsa - Goodreads

This is hilariously bizarre as far as Russian Literature is concerned; But Bulghakov ruins the early nineteenth century bureaucracy with his gothic imagery of the Devil, assisted by his equally ... Read full review

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User Review  - Enoch Page - Goodreads

I came to love this book and now consider it my kind of a masterpiece despite its few flaws. The term magical realism does not begin to capture the mixture of graft, egoism, misused power and the need ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jose Miguel - Goodreads

I like the satire and fantasy touch of the novel. A very interesting russian lecture that digs into a distinct religious point of view. Read full review

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User Review  - Karapet Petrosyan - Goodreads

Excellent book , must read. Read full review

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User Review  - Melissa Busque - Goodreads

As Much as Andy Miller liked The Book, I just could not get through The first 100 pages... Guess his list of betterment and mine are quiet différent Read full review


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