{The Master and Margarita} or My Favorite Book

Hello my Beauties,

wishing you the most wonderful weekend and hope you’re up to very relaxing things today.
It’s Day 25 in the Blogtober14 challenge and when i’ve seen the topic, i knew i had to write about it.
{My Favorite Book}. If i’m honest with you, there’s only one and only book, that immediately comes to my mind, when someone asks me about my book of choice.


It’s The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

 The Master and Margarita Behemoth Mikhail Bulgakov  This photo was taken by Anna Rybakov and publishes on The New Yorker in 2009.

Mikhaíl Afanasyevich Bulgakov (1891-1940) has graduated with honors from the Medical School of Kiev University in 1915 and was active in the anti-communist White Army during the Russian Civil War.

When he moved to Moscow in 1921, he became a writer and always had his very unique way os smart and witty criticism of the ugly realities of life in the Soviet Union at that time. The secret service had definitely an eye on him and a lot of his work has been banned.

A lot of his experience shows in his very last and almost unfinished book The Master and Margarita, that the writer worked for 12 years and which was first published in a shortened version in the 1966-67 in Moscow-magazine. Same year in was translated in english.
master-and-margaritaIt’s an  overwhelming and completely fantastic journey through the depths of hell, with Moscow playing the part of hell, as Bulgakov himself experience it at times himself, complete with the presence of Satan and even Pontius Pilate.There’s a great satiric labyrinth of unique story plots, that keep unfolding along the way and becoming more and more connected with each other, in a way that would seem impossible in the beginning.

The story:
“The Master and Margarita is split into three different, yet intertwined, stories. There are events in Moscow, including the adventures of satanic visitors, events concerning the crucifixion of Yeshua Ha-Notsri or Jesus Christ, in first-century Yershalaim, and the love story of the Master and Margarita. All three stories are told from Wednesday until the night between Saturday and Sunday of the Holy Week.”

My personal favorite in the book is the actual language of Bulgakov and how he makes me dive into it.

“The tongue can conceal the truth, but the eyes never! You’re asked an unexpected question, you don’t even flinch, it takes just a second to get yourself under control, you know just what you have to say to hide the truth, and you speak very convincingly, and nothing in your face twitches to give you away. But the truth, alas, has been disturbed by the question, and it rises up from the depths of your soul to flicker in your eyes and all is lost.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov

“Once upon a time there was a lady. She had no children, and no happiness either. And at first she cried for a long time, but then she became wicked…” ― Mikhail Bulgakov

“You should never ask anyone for anything. Never- and especially from those who are more powerful than yourself.” ― Mikhail Bulgakov

I read this book about 12 times & also own an Audio CD read by the russian actor Benjamin Smekhov. There is an english version of the audiobook as well, read by Julian Rhind-Tutt, which seems to be quite good as well, if you’d like to check it out. 

As the book is being described as one of the best novels of the 20th century, there is no surprise that is was translated in many different languages. If you happen to look for a good english translations, it’s definitely up to you, but i wouldn’t recommend the version of Pevear and Volokhonsky, since i found it to be quite horrible. 

Don’t be surprised, if you find a whole lot of different book covers on the market. Since it’s been published anywhere around the world, almost every publishing house seem to have its own book cover.
The Master and Margarita book cover
The Master and Margarita book cover

If you’d like to indulge the satire and the fantasy of this novel and find out more about the sheer joy of a talking, gun-toting, gherkin-spearing cat – let me know what you think.
And if you already read this book – what’s your impression of it?

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