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This edition (Classic Wisdom Reprint) is non-censored, based on a samizdat version and translated in Russia by an unknown translator. Widely held as one of the best novels of the 20th century the book depicts a story in a story, a manuscript of a Biblical story that the Master cannot publish and locked up in the asylum for. The story concerns a visit by the devil to the officially atheistic Soviet Union. The Master and Margarita combine supernatural elements with satirical dark comedy and Christian philosophy, defying a singular genre. Literary critic, assistant professor at the Russian State…mehr

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This edition (Classic Wisdom Reprint) is non-censored, based on a samizdat version and translated in Russia by an unknown translator. Widely held as one of the best novels of the 20th century the book depicts a story in a story, a manuscript of a Biblical story that the Master cannot publish and locked up in the asylum for. The story concerns a visit by the devil to the officially atheistic Soviet Union. The Master and Margarita combine supernatural elements with satirical dark comedy and Christian philosophy, defying a singular genre. Literary critic, assistant professor at the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts Nadezhda Dozhdikova notes that the image of Jesus as a harmless madman presented in ″Master and Margarita″ has its source in the literature of the USSR of the 1920s, which, following the tradition of the demythologization of Jesus in the works Strauss, Renan, Nietzsche, and Binet-Sanglé, put forward two main themes - mental illness and deception. The mythological option, namely the denial of the existence of Jesus, only prevailed in the Soviet propaganda at the turn of the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Classic Wisdom Reprint
  • Seitenzahl: 444
  • Erscheinungstermin: 9. September 2019
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 235mm x 157mm x 30mm
  • Gewicht: 830g
  • ISBN-13: 9781950330430
  • ISBN-10: 1950330435
  • Artikelnr.: 57723253
Rezensionen
"This book is absorbing, brilliant slapstick, and looks deep in to the heart of fantasy and longing" Sunday Times
Rhind-Tutt cleverly indulges the satire and the fantasy in a novel unpublished until 26 years after Bulgakov's death. The absurdity of the Stalinist system is inventively mocked, Christ is sympathetically re-examined and over all is a layer of idiosyncratic fantasy. - Rachel Redford, The Observer First published 26 years after his death in 1940, Bulgakov's extraordinary satire of life under the political, cultural, religious and bureaucratic strictures of Stalinist tyranny has been variously described as Solzhenitsyn crossed with Lewis Carroll and the most powerful Russian novel of the 20th century. His cast of characters, real and imaginary, make Dickens's dramatis personae appear sparse. Bulgakov's include Pontius Pilate, a talking cat who puts on black-rimmed spectacles to read official documents quite often upside down, the devil at whose annual grand ball Stravinsky conducts the band, a poet imprisoned in a psychiatric asylum not unconnected with the Master of the title, and his ever-faithful lover Margarita. Ah, Margarita - what a woman. But maybe I'd be, too, if I had the magic ointment that makes one look 10 years younger. It sounds like a test run for botox. She makes a Faustian pact with the devil for true love's sake so that the Master can write his precious books without fear of arrest. A classic that can be read on many levels, it's played strictly for laughs by Julian Rhind-Tutt. But there is a much darker side. - Sue Arnold, The Guardian