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The Master and Margarita (Mirra Ginsburg Translation)

The Master and Margarita (Mirra Ginsburg Translation)

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by Mikhail Bulgakov
     
 

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"I fell in love with it…I reread it often…for me it's one of those magical books that hits you with something new every time."—Tea Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife

Suppressed in the Soviet Union for twenty-six years, Mikhail Bulgakov's masterpiece is an ironic parable of power and its corruption, good and evil, and human

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"I fell in love with it…I reread it often…for me it's one of those magical books that hits you with something new every time."—Tea Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife

Suppressed in the Soviet Union for twenty-six years, Mikhail Bulgakov's masterpiece is an ironic parable of power and its corruption, good and evil, and human frailty and the strength of love. Featuring Satan, accompanied by a retinue that includes the large, fast-talking, vodka drinking black tom cat Behemoth, the beautiful Margarita, her beloved—a distraught writer known only as the Master—Pontius Pilate, and Jesus Christ, The Master and Margarita combines fable, fantasy, political satire, and slapstick comedy into a wildly entertaining and unforgettable tale that is commonly considered one of the greatest novels ever to come out of the Soviet Union.

Editorial Reviews

The Detroit News - Joyce Carol Oates
A wild surrealistic romp…Brilliantly flamboyant and outrageous.
Newsweek - Saul Maloff
Fine, funny, imaginative…The Master and Margarita stands squarely in the great Gogolesque tradition of satiric narrative.
Chicago Tribune
The book is by turns hilarious, mysterious, contemplative and poignant…A great work.
Guardian (UK) - Patrick McGrath
Magnificent…a gloriously ironic gothic masterpiece…had me rapt with bliss.
The New York Times
A rich, funny, moving and bitter novel…Vast and boisterous entertainment.
The New York Times Book Review
A classic of twentieth-century fiction.
Publishers Weekly
Bulgakov's satire of the greed and corruption of Soviet authorities illustrates the redemptive nature of art and faith, and Julian Rhind-Tutt's superb interpretation does the classic full justice. With a dramatic flair and a deep, multilayered voice, he pulls off a host of fantastical characters including Professor Woland (Satan) and several of his associates, Pontius Pilate and Jesus Christ, witches and madmen and a variety of early 20th-century Moscow literary and theater types. Two minor caveats: a few characterizations are too nasal, and his cockney accents for low-class Russian characters are a bit disconcerting. (June)
Saul Maloff
Fine, funny, imaginative…. The Master and Margarita stands squarely in the great Gogolesque tradition of satiric narrative.
Newsweek
Joyce Carol Oates
A wild surrealistic romp…. Brilliantly flamboyant and outrageous.
The Detroit News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802130112
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Edition description:
1st Evergreen Edition
Pages:
402
Sales rank:
207,284
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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“My favorite novel—it’s just the greatest explosion of imagination, craziness, satire, humor, and heart.” —Daniel Radcliffe

Meet the Author

Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1891. At the outbreak of World War I, Bulgakov joined the Red Cross, and he graduated from Kiev University medical school in 1916. After graduation, Bulgakov joined the White Army, which opposed the rising Bolshevik presence in Russia, and he served as a field doctor in the Caucuses during the Civil War. After his family was forced into exile, in Paris, when the Soviets secured the government, Bulgakov became a journalist. He began to write more and more in the 1920s, yet government censorship hindered his efforts and by 1929 his writing career was all but destroyed. In 1931, Bulgakov and his third wife settled in the Presnensky District in Moscow. It was here that he would spend the last decade of his life writing the great work The Master and Margarita, about the widespread corruption of the Soviet state. The work was published posthumously by Bulgakov's wife, in 1966, although it circulated as samizdat for some time before. Other notable works include The White Guard, written in 1924, but published posthumously, and Heart of a Dog (1925), about a professor who turns a dog into a man, and is an indictment against Stalinism. Bulgakov died in 1940 due to a genetic kidney disease.

Mirra Ginsburg was born in Russia. In addition to The Master and Margarita, whose translation was called "brilliant" by Publishers Weekly, she has translated other works by Bulgakov, as well as stories and novels by Yevgeny Zamyatin, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Aleksey Remizov, Isaak Babel, Mikhail Zoshchenko, and Andrey Platonov. She has edited many books, including the collection The Fatal Eggs and Other Soviet Satire, and is the author of more than twenty books for children.

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