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The One Book

Musing Mondays2

This week’s musing asks:
What’s one book you always recommend to just about anyone?

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Just when I am about to let it’s publicity settle a bit comes this week’s musing question. It’s just meant to be. I recently compared different translation of novel, as I’m now in possession of a new edition, translated by Hugh Aplin. Set in the iron curtain of a society that is Soviet Union in 1930s, the timeless classic, banned in Bulgakov’s lifetime, is his response to this fear-struck, panic-stricken era. The book is a product of reconciliation of the absolute opposites: how would anyone ever conceive a world in which God and Satan work toward the same end, and that good is not necessarily better than evil? This is only possible through Bulgakov’s enduring experiences during the remarkable era that powerfully affected his perspectives on politics and life. I have recommended it to everyone within the sixth degree of separation: friends, family, co-workers, bosses, friends of friends, book bloggers, readers at the bookstores, the person sitting to me on the plane, my barista. Everyone.

One Response

  1. I’ll be honest, much as I think The Master and Margarita is one of the most brilliant books in existence, I don’t think it works for everyone. I can think of a lot of readers who simply wouldn’t appreciate it, as well as readers who would struggle past the first two chapters and get to the mind-blowing excellence (a few of the people I’ve recommended it to, for example, were unable to finish it). I recommend it to a lot of people, but definitely not to everyone.

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