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22/30 Day Book Meme: Treasure

Day 22: Favorite book I own

I own all my favorites. Without hesitation my favorite book in the collection is a beautiful, hardbound, illustrated copy of The Master and Margarita published by The Folio Society. As you might have recognized, it is my all-time favorite novel. It is absorbing, brilliant slapstick, and looks deep into the heart of fantasy and longing. The beautiful illustrations by Illustrated by Peter Suart and buckram bound with a pique touch certainly do this classic justice. The translation of this edition is by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, a minor foible. It was gifted to me by a very special friend with whom I share common reading interests. Bulgakov wrote this 20th century classic in secret between 1928 and 1940. Smuggled past the censors, its subversive message, dark humor and lyrical force combined to make it an instant success and a beacon of optimism and freedom that spread through Russia and the world.

9 Responses

  1. WOW. That looks incredible! The Folio Society really does the most beautiful editions.

  2. I still haven’t gotten to The Master and Margarita, but it is in the queue. That is a great looking book, though.

  3. No wonder that’s your favorite – what a gorgeous edition!

  4. I haven’t gotten to this one but I do need to. I know it’s one of your favorites.

  5. […] 22: Favorite book (item) you own An illustrated copy of The Master and Margarita published by The Folio […]

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