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The Master and Margarita
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Mikhail Bulgakov Katherine Tiernan O'Connor
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The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov Katherine Tiernan O'Connor Diana Burgin Orlando Figes



Classic fiction (pre c 1945);
Fiction in translation


560 pages

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A literary sensation from its first publication, The Master and Margarita is considered a masterpiece of twentieth-century Russian literature.

Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library, a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold-foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is translated by Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O'Connor, and features an introduction by Orlando Figes.

In Mikhail Bulgakov's imaginative extravaganza, Satan, disguised as a magician, descends upon Moscow in the 1930s with his riotous band, which includes a talking cat and an expert assassin. This visit has several aims, one of which concerns the fate of the Master, an author who has written a novel about Pontius Pilate and is now in a mental hospital. By turns satiric, fantastic and ironically philosophical, The Master and Margarita constantly surprises and entertains as the action switches back and forth between twentieth-century Moscow and first-century Jerusalem.

By:   Mikhail Bulgakov
Introduction by:   Orlando Figes
Translated by:   Katherine Tiernan O'Connor, Diana Burgin
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 158mm,  Width: 102mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   304g
ISBN:   9781529012118
ISBN 10:   1529012112
Series:   Macmillan Collector's Library
Pages:   560
Publication Date:   September 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mikhail Bulgakov was born in 1891 in Kiev, in present-day Ukraine. He first trained in medicine but gave up his profession as a doctor to pursue writing. He started working on The Master and Margarita in 1928 but due to censorship it was not published until 1966, more than twenty-five years after Bulgakov's death.

I read it as a book about how to go on living when your spirit is broken -- Viv Groskop * Guardian * It had everything: Satan and a wise-cracking cat, Jesus as a wise simpleton, doomed love, hints of sex, blasphemy -- Jonathan Grimwood * Independent * Incandescent . . . One of those novels that, even in translation, make you feel that not one word could have been written differently . . . It has too many achievements to list, but the way it keeps faith in love and art even in moments of unspeakable humiliation and cruelty must be the greatest * New York Times * Funny and frightening * London Review of Books *

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