I was teaching English very badlybarely coping with temperatures of C and fighting a losing battle with the Russian language. This book made me realise I was not going to give up. And that I really wanted to be able to talk to the people for whom this book was everything and to try to understand something about their lives. To give you some idea of what a big deal this was, Crime and Punishment is Prestupleniye i Nakazaniye.
Bulgakov builds his story around a compelling idea, rife with both humor and pathos: Has a new era of collectivism eliminated covetousness, greed and all those other familiar sins?
Or have the old vices merely found new outlets, under different names perhaps? Of course, the new regime has not just abolished capitalism and private ownership, but religion as well; so the Devil is put in the ticklish situation of Master and margarita religion a place where he himself officially does not exist.
The Devil arrives in Moscow in the person of a Mr. Woland, a practicing magician, specializing in the black arts, who arranges to give a performance at the local Variety Theater. He is accompanied by several subalterns, who include his assistant Korovyov, an enormous talking cat named Behemoth, the fanged and wall-eyed Azazello, and a scantily-clad maid Hella.
Together this unholy crew wreaks havoc with local comrades, high and low. The Devil takes particular interest in the arts, and meddles incessantly with those involved in literary or theatrical matters, but soon his influence is felt everywhere—in taxis, retail stores, government offices, restaurants and other locales.
This story line, brilliantly conceived and artfully executed, is filled with diverse characters and fanciful incidents, and could stand on its own as a complete, satisfying novel.
But Bulgakov packages it with two related but contrasting stories. She is determined to do whatever she can to help "the Master"—which is her affectionate name for the writer—even if it means dealing with the Devil.
The third plot line is a novel- within-a-novel: He too found it difficult to publish his work under the Soviet regime. Bulgakov even wrote a personal letter to Stalin inasking for permission to emigrate if the government could not find a productive use for his talents.
A complete version of The Master and Margarita would not be made available until The emotional range of this work is as extravagant as its plot.
Bulgakov shows great skill as a comic writer, wresting wry, dark humor from the juxtaposition of devilish cunning and communist ideology. Yet for all his comic genius, Bulgakov is even more attuned to the tragic elements of his story. His characters battle with an unforgiving destiny, and Fate with a capital F looms large here—almost on the scale of classical mythology or Attic drama.
The psychic toll is heavy.
During the course of this novel, many of the characters either appear to be mad, or veer toward actual insanity. The result is a masterpiece of the grotesque and ludicrous. Over time, this book has gradually established its credentials as a classic of twentieth century fiction, one of only a handful of counter- culture novels from the Soviet years in Russia to overcome the censorship of the period and achieve a lasting impact on the global literary community.Religion is an ever-present theme in the novel Master and Margarita.
Many of the characters neither believe in heaven nor hell, and they also refute the existence of God or the Devil (Satan). Master and Margarita. Finally we come to the masterpiece. Mikhail Bulgakov was a priest’s son, a professor at Kiev Theological Academy—Afanasy Ivanovich.
His death when the future writer was only 15 years old shook the boy’s faith in that God is Benevolent and All-knowing.
Apr 03, · Religious Imagery in The Master and Margarita? Maybe? but I'll just touch on The Master and Margarita that we started with today, as I'm enjoying that so far.) with the exception of in We with the One State religion concept.
With The Master and Margarita, we now get that in a very unique and borderline whimsical manner. Michail Bulgakov wrote The Master and Margarita between and These were hard years. Stalin’s regime became more oppressive, citizens of the Soviet Union were gradually being deprived of their personal rights; any expression of criticism implied immediate exile, if not a death sentence.
Jun 14, · Master and Margarita () is a Menippean film based on the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bulgakov. Set in Moscow under Stalin and in Jerusalem under Pilate, it . The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is considered one of the best and most highly regarded novels to come out of Russia during the Soviet era.
The book weaves together satire and realism, art and religion, history and contemporary social values. It features three story lines.