The Master and Margarita

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802190510

Category: Fiction

Page: 402

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I first read Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita on a balcony of the Hotel Metropole in Saigon on three summer evenings in 1971. The tropical air was heavy and full of the smells of cordite and motorcycle exhaust and rotting fish and wood-fire stoves, and the horizon flared ambiguously, perhaps from heat lightning, perhaps from bombs. Later each night, as was my custom, I would wander out into the steamy back alleys of the city, where no one ever seemed to sleep, and crouch in doorways with the people and listen to the stories of their culture and their ancestors and their ongoing lives. Bulgakov taught me to hear something in those stories that I had not yet clearly heard. One could call it, in terms that would soon thereafter gain wide currency, "magical realism". The deadpan mix of the fantastic and the realistic was at the heart of the Vietnamese mythos. It is at the heart of the present zeitgeist. And it was not invented by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as wonderful as his One Hundred Years of Solitude is. Garcia Marquez's landmark work of magical realism was predated by nearly three decades by Bulgakov's brilliant masterpiece of a novel. That summer in Saigon a vodka-swilling, talking black cat, a coven of beautiful naked witches, Pontius Pilate, and a whole cast of benighted writers of Stalinist Moscow and Satan himself all took up permanent residence in my creative unconscious. Their presence, perhaps more than anything else from the realm of literature, has helped shape the work I am most proud of. I'm often asked for a list of favorite authors. Here is my advice. Read Bulgakov. Look around you at the new century. He will show you things you need to see.
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The Master and Margarita

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov,Edward Kemp

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783193980

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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A mysterious stranger appears in a Moscow park. Soon he and his retinue have astonished the locals with the magic show to end all magic shows. But why are they really here, and what has it got todo with the beautiful Margarita, or her lover, the Master, a silenced writer? A carnival for the senses and a diabolical extravaganza, this most exuberant of Russian novels was staged in this adaptation at Chichester Festival Theatre.
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The Master and Margarita

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802130112

Category: Fiction

Page: 402

View: 3874

Set in Moscow of the 1920's, this satirical novel recounts the dealings a writer and his mistress have with Satan
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The Master and Margarita

A Graphic Novel

Author: Andrzej Klimowski,Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov

Publisher: SelfMadeHero

ISBN: N.A

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 127

View: 2364

Disappearances, destruction and death spread throughout Moscow like wildfire, and Margarita has discovered that her lover has vanished in the chaos. Making a bargain with the devil, she decides to try a little black magic of her own to save the man she loves.
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Mikhail and Margarita

A Novel

Author: Julie Lekstrom Himes

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1609453743

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 595

A love triangle involving Mikhail Bulgakov, famed author of The Master and Margarita, an agent of Stalin's secret police, and the bewitching Margarita has inescapable consequences for all three in 1930s Russia. It is 1933 and Mikhail Bulgakov's enviable career is on the brink of being dismantled. His friend and mentor, the poet Osip Mandelstam, has been arrested, tortured, and sent into exile. Meanwhile, a mysterious agent of the secret police has developed a growing obsession with exposing Bulgakov as an enemy of the state. To make matters worse, Bulgakov has fallen in love with the dangerously outspoken Margarita. Facing imminent arrest, infatuated with Margarita, he is inspired to write his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, a satirical novel that is scathingly critical of power and the powerful. Ranging between lively readings in the homes of Moscow's literary elite to the Siberian Gulag, Mikhail and Margarita recounts a passionate love triangle while painting a portrait of a country with a towering literary tradition confronting a dictatorship that does not tolerate dissent. Margarita is a strong, idealistic woman, who is fiercely loved by two very different men, both of whom will fail in their attempts to shield her from the machinations of a regime hungry for human sacrifice. Himes launches a rousing defense of art and the artist during a time of systematic deception and she movingly portrays the ineluctable consequences of love for one of history's most enigmatic literary figures.
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Between two worlds

a critical introduction to the Master and Margarita

Author: Andrew Barratt

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 347

View: 1079

Mikhail Bulgakov's masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, is by general consent one of the most important, controversial, and original novels to have emerged from the Soviet Union. The first comprehensive study of this novel in English, Between Two Worlds describes its genesis and reception inside and outside the Soviet Union.
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The Master & Margarita

A Critical Companion

Author: Laura D. Weeks

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810112124

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

View: 7823

Each volume will open with the volume editor's general introduction discussing the work in the context of the writer's oeuvre as well as its place within the literary tradition. The introductory section will also include considerations of existing translations and of textual problems in the original Russian. The following sections will contain several informative and wide-ranging articles by other scholars; primary sources and other background material - letters, memoirs, early reviews, maps; and annotated bibliographies.
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Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita

the text as a cipher

Author: Elena N. Mahlow

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

View: 9439

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Manuscripts Don't Burn: Mikhail Bulgakov: A life in letters

Author: J. A E Curtis

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 146830139X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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In his lifetime, Mikhail Bulgakov was scarcely published. A quarter of a century after his death, his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, became a worldwide bestseller. In Manuscripts Don't Burn the title a line from his famous novel, J.A. E. Curtis presents a gripping chronicle of Bulgakov's life, using as source material, among other documents, a partial copy of one of his diaries which was presumed lost and uncovered decades later in the KGB’s archives. That diary and those of his third wife record the nightmarish precariousness of life during the Stalinist purges. Also included are letters to Stalin, in which Bulgakov pleads to be allowed to emigrate; letters to his siblings; intimate notes to his second and third wives; and letters to and from other writers such as Gorky and Zamyatin.
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The Master and Margarita

Author: Edward Kemp

Publisher: Oberon Books Limited

ISBN: 9781840024487

Category: Drama

Page: 126

View: 8261

A new adaptation of the magical satire by Mikhail Bulgakov.
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The Master and Margarita

A Comedy of Victory

Author: Lesley Milne

Publisher: Department of Russian La Ham

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 55

View: 9270

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The White Guard

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571271146

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 9207

See? All we need is... a map and...some kind of plan. This overcoat is neutral darling, neither Bolshevik nor Menshevik. Just essence of Prole. In Kiev during the Russian Civil War, the Turbin household is sanctuary to a ragtag, close-knit crowd presided over by the beautiful Lena. As her brothers prepare to fight for the White Guard, friends charge in from the riotous streets amidst an atmosphere of heady chaos, quaffing vodka, keeling over, declaiming, taking baths, playing guitar, falling in love. But the new regime is poised and in its brutal triumph lies destruction for the Turbins and their world. And those are the real enemies we face, deep in the shadows. This modern man with no name, no past, no love. This desperate hate-filled man born of loneliness and frustration. This man with nothing to be proud of, nothing he is part of. . .
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Mikhail Bulgakov's Master & Margarita, Or, The Devil Comes to Moscow

Author: Jean Claude Van Itallie

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 9780822214120

Category: Drama

Page: 69

View: 9810

THE STORY: The devil, his acrobatic cat and other colorful cronies come to Stalin's Moscow to wreak hilarious surreal havoc on the lives of writers, critics and bureaucratniks who have lost touch with their feelings. Satan sends some to the madhous
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The Master and Margarita

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1365880052

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 5463

The Master and Margarita (Russian: Ма́стер и Маргари́та) is a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, written between 1928 and 1940, but unpublished in book form until 1967. The story concerns a visit by the devil to the fervently atheistic Soviet Union. Many critics consider it to be one of the best novels of the 20th century, as well as the foremost of Soviet satires.
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Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0307758370

Category: Fiction

Page: 112

View: 5792

One of Charles Dickens’s most fascinating novels, Great Expectations follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a childhood of misery and poverty after an anonymous benefactor offers him a chance at the life of a gentleman. From the young Pip’s first terrifying encounter with the convict Magwitch in the gloom of a graveyard to the splendidly morbid set pieces in Miss Havisham’s mansion to the magnificently realized boat chase down the Thames, Great Expectations is filled with the transcendent excitement that Dickens could so abundantly provide. Written in 1860, at the height of his maturity, it also reveals the novelist’s bittersweet understanding of the extent to which our deepest moral dilemmas are born of our own obsessions and illusions. This edition includes Dickens’s original, discarded conclusion to the novel, the 1907 Everyman preface by G. K. Chesterton, and twenty illustrations by F. W. Pailthorpe. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) From the Hardcover edition.
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Diaries and Selected Letters

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Publisher: Alma Books

ISBN: 0714545600

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

View: 1578

The career of Mikhail Bulgakov, the author of The Master and Margarita - now regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century literature - was characterized by a constant and largely unsuccessful struggle against state censorship. This suppression did not only apply to his art: in 1926 his personal diaries were seized by the authorities. From then on he confined his thoughts to letters to his friends and family, as well as to public figures such as Stalin and his fellow Soviet writer Gorky.This ample selection from the diaries and letters of Mikhail Bulgakov, mostly translated for the first time into English, provides an insightful glimpse into the author's world and into a fascinating period of Russian history and literature, telling the tragic tale of the fate of an artist under a totalitarian regime.
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The Big Seven

Author: Jim Harrison

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802192122

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 8593

Jim Harrison is one of our most renowned and popular authors, and his last novel, The Great Leader, was one of the most successful in a decorated career: it appeared on the New York Times extended bestseller list, and was a national bestseller with rapturous reviews. His darkly comic follow-up, The Big Seven, sends Detective Sunderson to confront his new neighbors, a gun-nut family who live outside the law in rural Michigan. Detective Sunderson has fled troubles on the home front and bought himself a hunting cabin in a remote area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. No sooner has he settled in than he realizes his new neighbors are creating even more havoc than the Great Leader did. A family of outlaws, armed to the teeth, the Ameses have local law enforcement too intimidated to take them on. Then Sunderson’s cleaning lady, a comely young Ames woman, is murdered, and black sheep brother Lemuel Ames seeks Sunderson’s advice on a crime novel he’s writing which may not be fiction. Sunderson must struggle with the evil within himself and the far greater, more expansive evil of his neighbor. In a story shot through with wit, bedlam, and Sunderson’s attempts to enumerate and master the seven deadly sins, The Big Seven is a superb reminder of why Jim Harrison is one of America’s most irrepressible writers.
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In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd

Author: Ana Menéndez

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9781555847876

Category: Fiction

Page: 244

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Pushcart Prize winner Ana Menendez landed firmly in the literary landscape last year with the hardcover publication of In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd. Reviewers overwhelmingly agree that she is an important new voice in American fiction: hers is a bright debut that points to even brighter accomplishments to come (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times), a tour de force that is poignant and varied, emotionally vivid and hauntingly melancholy (San Francisco Chronicle), and a Cuban odyssey that conjures up Eugene O'Neill-like drama (Kirkus Reviews). In these linked tales about the Cuban-American experience and the immigrant experience in general, Ana Menendez has instantly established herself as a natural storyteller who probes with steady humor and astute political insight the dreams versus the realities of her characters (Elle). From the prizewinning title story — a masterpiece of humor and heartbreak — unfolds a series of family snapshots that illuminate the landscape of an exiled community rich in heritage, memory, and longing for the past. In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd is at once tender and sharp-fanged (L.A. Weekly) as Ana Menendez charts the territory from Havana to Coral Gables with unforgettable passion and explores whether any of us are capable, or even truly desirous, of outrunning our origins. Achingly wise. — Richard Eder, the New York Times Book Review Menendez taps into [a] wellspring of broken promises and unfulfilled desires and gives us a ... peek at ... the Cuban-American experience. — Ariel Gonzalez, The Miami Herald Menendez offers a lilting narrative that sways soulfully between past and present, longing and regret, joy and tragedy. — Donna Rifkind, The Baltimore Sun Superb ... The community that emerges in these pages is one of humor, acute grief, and gifted storytelling. — Fionn Meade, The Seattle Times The first work of a young writer with a bright future. — Jay Goldin, Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram A tender and occasionally sharp-fanged portrait of Miami's Cuban-exile community ... Brave and funny and true. — Ben Ehrenreich, L.A. Weekly A raucous, heartfelt debut...Deft, talented and hilarious.... — Junot Diaz
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