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The Master and Margarita Revisited

Stalinist Russia. Two men, a poet and an editor, walk through Moscow’s Patriarch’s Pond in the heat of the day. As the editor lectures his friend on Jesus Christ’s non-existence, a foreigner, impeccably dressed, appears, introducing himself as Professor Wolan, and tells them what he insists is the true story of the meeting of Christ […]

The Master and Margarita: Translations

Taking a break from the dense The Sound and the Fury, I took a walk around the neighborhood. The window of the picture frame shop has this poster of Behemoth the Cat matted in a frame. The print is exactly the same as my t-shirt. It was a prop but the owner let me have […]

[323] The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

5th Review/Translated by Diane Burgin and Katherine O’Connor ” All sorts of stories can be told! Not all of them have to be believed. ” [8:77] Set in the iron curtain of a society that is Soviet Union in 1930s, The Master and Margarita, banned in Bulgakov’s lifetime, is his response to this fear-struck, panic-stricken […]

[144] The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (Fourth Review)

Disclaimer: You might wish to read previous reviews and articles on this novel prior to this discourse for better understanding. See links below. “You pronounced your words as if you refuse to acknowledge the existence of either shadows or evil. But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if evil didn’t […]

The Master and Margarita: It’s a Comedy?

The Master and Margarita Series 3 Despite the philosophical nature and themes—fate, existence of God and the Devil—the novel is considered a comedy. We might not full grasp all the scholarly and social in-jokes, but it is irrefutably a hilarious attack on the hypocrisy of early Soviet Moscow. In part two of the narrative, Margarita […]

The Master and Margarita, and Sausage

In Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, events take a Satanic turn in the guise of a gentleman-magician by the name of Woland who wreaks havoc on Moscow. Woland, who turns out to be the devil himself, pays a visit to the home of the extremely hungover theater manager Stepa Likhoyedev and invites him to dine […]

[70] The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (Third Review)

This fifth reading of my #1 pick in literature breathes new meaning. Set in the 1930s, the novel’s vision of Soviet lifeis so painfully accurate that, for fear of political purging, it could not be published during Bulgakov’s lifetime. The truths portrayed in The Master and Margarita are inveterate in society that key phrases from […]

The Master and Margarita, Revisited

Previously I reviewed this novel. As I taught this book again this summer, discussion with students breathed some new thoughts to the meaning. The novel itself is nearly impossible to describe. It consists of three separate plots. On the surface is the visit to Moscow, of the Devil in the guise of a professor named […]

[12] The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

A review on my all-time favorite read in literature. Whether one believes or not: Satan disguises as a foreign magician, and along with his thrice-cursed assistants, penetrated a theater in Moscow with black magic and hypnotic tricks. The artiste, who has personally met Pontius Pilate, is believed to have hypnotized director of the theater and […]

The Master, Margarita, and Me

I was born in Hong Kong on November 18 at 2:55 am (18 days behind schedule). Taking the time difference in account it would have been my birthday already. This is great because my birthday spans two days! A present One present was wrapped in paper with scores of Haydn’s Symphony 22 (my favorite symphony). […]