Out on 05 September 2019

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov

Translated by Katherine Tiernan O’Connor
Translated by Diana Burgin
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05 September 2019
496 pages

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A literary sensation from its first publication, The Master and Margarita has become an astonishing phenomenon in Russia and has been translated into more than twenty languages, and made into plays and films. Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel is now considered one of the seminal works of twentieth-century Russian literature. This edition is translated by Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor.

In this imaginative extravaganza, the Devil, disguised as a magician, descends upon Moscow in the 1930s with his riotous band, which includes a talking cat and an expert assassin. Together they succeed in comically befuddling a population which denies the Devil’s existence, even as it is confronted with the diabolic results of a magic act gone wrong. This visit to the world capital of atheism has several aims, one of which concerns the fate of the Master, a writer who has written a novel about Pontius Pilate, and is now in a mental hospital.

By turns acidly satiric, fantastic and ironically philosophical, The Master and Margarita constantly surprises and entertains as the action switches back and forth between the Moscow of the 1930s and first-century Jerusalem.

Funny and frightening

London Review of Books

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

It had everything; Satan and a wise-cracking cat, Jesus as a wise simpleton, doomed love, hints of sex, blasphemy

Jonathan Grimwood - Independent