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The Master and Margarita

Written by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Master and Margarita .

Category: Fiction - Literary
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: March 1996
Price: $15.00
Can. Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76080-1 (0-679-76080-6)
Pages: 384
Also available as a hardcover.



 
Bold in its intention and brilliant in its execution, The Master and Margarita stands as one of the great achievements of twentieth century literature.

Out of a unique restructuring of the stories of Faust and Pontius Pilate, Bulgakov creates a devastating satire of Soviet life in the 1930’s that is at once buoyantly funny and intensely disturbing. On a hot spring day, two friends come upon the devil at Patriarch’s Pond in Moscow. Soon one loses his head, the other goes out of his mind, and the devil contracts to put on a show. Accompanied by his retinue—which includes a beautiful naked witch and a huge talking black cat with a fondness for guns, chess, and vodka—the devil quickly wrecks havoc on a city that refuses to believe in either him or God. Here also are the Master, a writer shut away in an insane asylum for writing a novel about Christ and Pontius Pilate, and the stunning Margarita, who loves the Master so deeply that she willingly makes a Faustian bargain to free him. As the novel progresses, a work of inexhaustible energy, humor, and philosophical depth emerges.

Prepared under the general editorship of Ellendea Proffer (Bulgakov’s biographer who also contributed the afterward and annotations) and translated by Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor, this is the only English version of the newly edited and restored Russian text. It includes material and corrects the textual and stylistic discrepancies in the Michael Glenny and the heavily censored Mirra Ginsberg translations. Authoritative both for its completeness and for its scrupulous rendering of the original Russian, this edition of Bulgakov’s masterpiece will stand as the definitive translation.

The Master and Margarita has at last been translated accurately and completely. The book is by turns hilarious, mysterious, contemplative, and poignant—a great work.” —Chicago Tribune





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