The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov

The Master and Margarita is a novel written by the Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov. It is a surreal and satirical work that combines religious allegory, social commentary, and elements of magical realism. The book has become a classic of 20th-century literature, admired for its imaginative storytelling and biting critique of Soviet society.

Bulgakov’s writing is vivid, humorous and surreal, ranging from a charismatic figure of Satan to the tortured writer known as “the Master” and his girlfriend Margarita, who is approached by Satan to host a grand ball for which she will rewarded by an offer to join the ranks of Satan’s supernatural entourage. [the_ad_placement id=”manual”]

The novel’s significant subplot tells the story of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus from the perspective of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea and his struggle to condem Jesus to death. At the end of the novel, Bulgakov skillfully brings this historical figure into the present day, showing Pilate as a person still seeking redemption and forgiveness for his actions.

Apparently this is one of classics of Russian literature blending satire, fantasy and a critique of Soviet society. However, I found it rather challenging and complex and the mixture of satire and fantasy was not to my taste. I found the frequent shifts in tone and perspective disorienting and found it difficult to take the story serious except for the part dealing with Pontius Pilate, whose inner turmoil is brilliantly depicted.

  • Mikhail Bulgakov

    The Master and Margarita

    ISBN: 9780679410461 | Pages: 488 pages | Publication date: April 18, 1992

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