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(The Master and Margarita.pdf) Alternate Cover Edition ISBN ISBN br br Surely no stranger work exists in the annals of protest literature than i The Master and Margarita i Written during the Soviet crackdown of the s when Mikhail Bulgakov s works were effectively banned it wraps its anti Stalinist message in a complex allegory of good and evil Or would that be the other way around The book s chief character is Satan who appears in the guise of a foreigner and self proclaimed black magician named Woland Accompanied by a talking black tomcat and a translator wearing a jockey s cap and cracked pince nez Woland wreaks havoc throughout literary Moscow First he predicts that the head of noted editor Berlioz will be cut off when it is he appropriates Berlioz s apartment A puzzled relative receives the following telegram Have just been run over by streetcar at Patriarch s Ponds funeral Friday three afternoon come Berlioz Woland and his minions transport one bureaucrat to Yalta make another one disappear entirely except for his suit and frighten several others so badly that they end up in a psychiatric hospital In fact it seems half of Moscow shows up in the bin demanding to be placed in a locked cell for protection p Meanwhile a few doors down in the hospital lives the true object of Woland s visit the author of an unpublished novel about Pontius Pilate This Master as he calls himself has been driven mad by rejection broken not only by editors harsh criticism of his novel but Bulgakov suggests by political persecution as well Yet Pilate s story becomes a kind of parallel narrative appearing in different forms throughout Bulgakov s novel as a manuscript read by the Master s indefatigable love Margarita as a scene dreamed by the poet and fellow lunatic Ivan Homeless and even as a story told by Woland himself Since we see this narrative from so many different points of view who is truly its author Given that the Master s novel and this one end the same way are they in fact the same book These are only a few of the many questions Bulgakov provokes in a novel that reads like a set of infinitely nested Russian dolls inside one narrative there is another and then another and yet another His devil is not only entertaining he is i necessary i What would your good be doing if there were no evil and what would the earth look like if shadows disappeared from it p p Unsurprisingly in view of its frequent scarcely disguised references to interrogation and terror Bulgakov s master work was not published until almost three decades after his death Yet one wonders if the world was really ready for this book in the late s if indeed we are ready for it now Shocking touching and scathingly funny it is a novel like no other Woland may re attach heads or produce ruble notes from the air but Bulgakov proves to be the true magician here i The Master and Margarita i is a different book each time it is opened i Mary Park i pDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming The Master and Margarita books for multiple devices.