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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  - Juli Rahel - Goodreads

I once promised myself I'd read 'War and Peace', but since it's such a massive book I figured it would be better for me to start of with some different Russian fiction before throwing myself at ... Read full review

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User Review  - Derrick Flakoll - Goodreads

You read this for Book Two. Book One has plenty of humor, some interesting demons and some impressive magic tricks, and an excellent interpretation of Christ's confrontation with Pontius Pilate. But ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

In the beginning I was convinced this would be one of my new favorite books (esp with the Faust basis) but as I kept reading I found it to be trite and aimless, losing my interest all together. I didn't even meet the two title characters yet. Oh well, perhaps another time. Read full review

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User Review  - Mateu - Goodreads

A delirium of fantasy in a boredom world. Must have been a shock in Stalin USSR but did not catch me as the announced masterpiece. Read full review

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User Review  - Nick Scott - Goodreads

There were definitely many fun elements here, but I didn't feel like they came together as they perhaps should. It may just be my ignormance, but I wasn't sure the point of the Pilate novel excerpts ... Read full review

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User Review  - Desislava - Goodreads

The Master and Margarita has to be one of the most creative books I've ever read. This is the kind of book that you could probably read several times and get new layers of meaning each time. The book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

The best part about this book for me was the satisfying feeling of deleting this from my Kindle. Like others have said, I get that this is a historically significant book, but it just wasn't for me. I ... Read full review

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