The Master and Margarita

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jul 26, 2004 - Drama - 96 pages
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A mysterious stranger appears in a Moscow park. Soon he and his retinue have astonished the locals with the magic show to end all magic shows. But why are they really here, and what has it got to do with the beautiful Margarita, or her lover, the Master, a silenced writer? A carnival for the senses and a diabolical extravaganza, this most exuberant of Russian novels was staged in this adaptation at Chichester Festival Theatre.
 

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User Review  - Jarratt - LibraryThing

I read this as a part of a book club (Book Palaver, it's called) and didn't enjoy it much at all, I'm afraid. Not only are there Russian names, which is tough enough, but the author provides multiple ... Read full review

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User Review  - ragwaine - LibraryThing

I got to disk 12 out of 13 and just didn't care any more. I don't understand why this is a classic. It's more like a bunch of (repetitive) short stories, with no real main characters to speak of which ... Read full review

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Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) qualified as a doctor but became a professional writer in 1919. He was asked by the Moscow Arts Theatre to turn his novel, The White Guard, into a play. At first delighted, he was subsequently horrified by the cuts and alterations demanded by the company and the censor. Nevertheless he went on to write many more plays, becoming arguably the most important Soviet playwright of the period.

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