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The Master and Margarita

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One Spring afternoon the Devil, trailing fire and chaos in his wake, weaves himself out of the shadows and into Moscow in Bulgakov's fantastical, funny and frightening satire of Soviet life. Brimming with magic and incident, it is full of imaginary, historical, terrifying and wonderful characters, from witches, poets and Biblical tyrants to the beautiful, courageous Margar ...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Ardis Publishers (Dana Point, CA) (first published 1966)
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    Жор
    Feb 17, 2016 Жор rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Оу май гад!
    Moshtagh ghurdarvazi
    رژیم استالین تنها قاتل میلیونها انسان بیگناه نبود، بلکه هنر و ادبیات را نیز به سم مداحی و تبلیغ آلوده کرد. بولگاکوف با یک رمان نشان داد که خلاقیت نویسنده از هر اقتداری نیرومندتر است. نویسنده بزرگ سال پیش درگذشت.
    میخائیل بولگاکوف سوم مه در کیف به دنیا آمد. در دانشگاه به تحصیل پزشکی پرداخت و یک چند به عنوان پزشک کار کرد. اما به زودی به نویسندگی کشیده شد، نخست در مطبوعات به نشر گزارشهای ژورنالیستی پرداخت و سپس به چاپ و اجرای قطعات نمایشی.
    بولگاکوف از اوایل دهه که حدود سال داشت به طور حرفهای به عا
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    Nasim Dehghan
    Mar 11, 2016 Nasim Dehghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    با خوندن همون صفحه اول کتاب مجذوبش شدم. نثر سلیس و جذابی داشت و ماجراهاش باعث میشد که نتونم کتابو زمین بذارم. البته هرچی جلوتر می رفتم نبود یک شخصیت کلیدی تو ماجرا سردرگمم می کرد و از اون بدتر شخصیت های زیادی بود که درگیر ماجرای اصلی می شدند و فرصت همراهی با اون شخصیت چند صفحه بیشتر طول نمی کشید و این یه جوری تو ذوقم می خورد که بلاخره اون شخصیتی که باید باهاش همراه شد کی می تونه باشه! البته این سردرگمی رو ضعف کتاب نمی دونم ولی برای من خوشایند نبود.
    موضوعات مربوط به خیر و شر و اینکه حق با کدوم طرف
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    Sookie
    Jun 21, 2015 Sookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2015
    There is an episode from The West Wing where couple of magicians perform a trick to the audience in the white house. They stuff a flag inside a rolled up copy of Bill of rights and set it on fire. Later in the act they show the flag is gone while the bill of rights remains intact. As expected, they meet with applause for their flawless execution. The aftermath, however, isn't fun. Were the people who performed and enjoyed the trick unpatriotic? In the boundaries of the trick they performed, the ...more
    Justin Evans
    Mar 23, 2015 Justin Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fiction
    A friend tells me he's had this on his shelf since his first year of college, but hasn't got around to reading it yet; I never had a copy, but always intended to. Anyway, we're now in our mid-thirties. I have literally no idea what I would have made of this if I'd read it as a teenager. It's mostly great fun and surreal and disturbing and so on, but it's also more than a bit rebarbative to start with. How anyone manages to get through the first two chapters without a solid understanding of, e.g. ...more
    Jesse
    Jul 24, 2013 Jesse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    sadly this book didn't do it for me - disjointed and stretched-to-the-limit set pieces that are basic farces and not much else - leaving the reader hoping for a compelling character (which, if you can't make the devil and his entourage compelling, your novel has some problems). the characters are damn near ONE dimensional with the master being little more than a fictional author and lover of margarita (who doesn't appear until the second half of the book). bulgakov does have some humorous moment ...more
    Terence
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    Yasmin
    Feb 10, 2016 Yasmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    زماني كه در حال خوندن اين كتاب بودم، حرف هاي زيادي به ذهنم مي رسيد كه بنويسم، اما بعد از اينكه تمومش كردم، احساس مي كردم انرژيم به قدري گرفته شده كه حوصله ندارم در موردش چيزي بنويسم. كتاب عجيبي بود. جهت گيري هاش متفاوت بود. تخيلي كه داخلش به كار رفته بود يه مقدار بيشتر از حد لازم بود. احساس مي كنم اين قسمتهاي تخيلي، مثل يه خواب بي سر و ته بود كه آدم بعضي وقتها ميبينه. بعضي از نكاتش مبهم بود و من در نهايت نفهميدم چرا اين طوري همه چيز رو به هم پيوند داد. البته اين خاصيت ادبيات روسيه س به گمانم. اد ...more
    Sultan Al-jarwan
    يفسح بولغاكوف المجال أمام القارئ لينبهر "بعنف" فهو يثير فضوله بعنوان غريب والذي هو بمثابة دعوة لحضور مسرحية غزيرة بشتى مظاهر الحياة .. ومن ثم ينسج أحداثاً متسارعة مليئة بالغرائب دون نسيان تزيينها ببعض رقع الواقعية هنا وهناك .. كأنه يريد أن بزج بالقارئ في هوة من الجنون الصاخب ولكن يدعه معلقاً بحبل الواقع يراوح في شد وجذب ذلك الحبل بين فصول الرواية.

    الأحداث في موسكو مكثقة جداً .. فهي تقع -واقعياً- في يومين أو ثلاثة فقط .. ولكنها مرتبطة بشكل مثير جداً بواقعة تاريخية مضت وانتهت ولكن الكاتب أراد لها
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    koinian
    Aug 18, 2015 koinian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    ο μικ τζάγκερ λένε πως έγραψε το sympathy for the devil για τον βολάντ, αφού διάβασε αυτο το βιβλίο.
    εγω μόλις το τελείωσα και θέλω να μπορούσα να γράψω την πιο σκοτεινή και όμορφη μουσική του κόσμου.
    αν βάλεις τη βίβλο να παίζει ανάποδα θα ακούσεις τις σχιζοφρενικές παραβολές του μπουλγκάκοφ μεταφερμένες στη σταλινική μόσχα.
    και ίσως μπορέσεις κάποτε (μετά απο πολλές αναγνώσεις μάλλον) να ξεπεράσεις το δέος του δέυτερου βιβλίου μέσα στο βιβλίο. αυτού της ιστορίας του πιλάτου.
    ω διάολε εξαιρετικ
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    Colin
    Jun 20, 2009 Colin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Anyone. Everyone.
    Certainly one of my favorites. The juxtaposition of slapstick hilarity and political/theological satire is...like nothing I've ever read. Vampires, teleportation, multiple beheadings, witchcraft, arson, an assault with a roast chicken, and a shootout between the Russian Police and a talking cat named Behemoth.

    Highest Recommendation. Required reading.
    Mariachiara
    Mar 13, 2016 Mariachiara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Un libro che a parer mio va letto più e più volte poiché se lo leggi la prima volta come nel mio caso, lo concludi con un senso di confusione e sconcerto ma allo stesso tempo ti provoca uno scossone interiore che ti fa dire: cavolo quanto é bello. Mi è venuto in mente un solo termine: INTENSO.
    binnudeya
    Mar 26, 2015 binnudeya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: magical-realism
    WOW.

    A brilliant, brilliant masterpiece. Clever and unique and one of a kind.


    I`m not sure I fully understood it, a bit overwhelming at times and dragged at times too especially the Jesus chapters, the ball and toward the end.

    But that ending, that damn ending is EPIC.

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    MissSugarTown
    Aug 13, 2015 MissSugarTown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Un roman fascinant, mystérieux et certainement bourré de messages implicites déguisés sous forme fantastique pour échapper à la censure soviétique de l'époque. Boulgakov m'intrigue encore plus après l'avoir lu, on n'a pas encore fini de se croiser ! Lisez-le.
    Mikki
    Sep 14, 2012 Mikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Mikki by: Declan
    Shelves: russia
    Absolutely amazing in the most novel and unexpected way. I'll be reading the P&V and Ginsburg translation before writing the review in order to experience the different translations.
    Jules
    "Algunas veces cuando menos te lo esperas el diablo se pone de tu parte"
    Dilara
    Çok güzel. Çok güzel. Kesinlikle bir daha okuyacağım.
    Geoff
    Mar 28, 2008 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book really is perfect and should be read by everyone.
    Sheyda Dehghan
    دوباره کتابو خوندمش. یکی از پیچیده ترین کتابهایی بود که خوندم؛ پیچیده بودنش بخاطر اسامی و شخصیتها و اتفاقات مبهم و بسیار زیادش نبود. برای اینکه یه چشم انداز روشن تر و قابل درکتر از این کتاب دستم بیاد چن تا از نقداشو خوندم اما همه شون صرفا به سیاسی بودنش اشاره کردن، بنابراین چیزی عایدم نشد. برای همین هم از دیدگاهی غیر از سیاست شروع به تجزیه و تحلیلش کردم:
    پیلاطس، حاکمی که از فرمانروایی در شهری پر از آیین، مراسم، سحر و جادو، اعیاد و.... خسته و وامانده بود؛ کسیکه بیش از آن یارای مقاومت دربرابر هرگو
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    Sarah Anne
    My biggest piece of advice - do not read this and Catch-22 close together! They share the same insanity and chaos with the Soviet government taking the place of the American military. It was crazy and disorganized at times and really hard to keep track of everyone. They really need to make an ebook of this. It might have saved some frustration when the wrap up came and I had no idea who all of those people were.

    Enough ranting. This was an interesting book and I think that labeling it as fantasy
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    Michela
    Il Maestro e Margherita è stata la scoperta di una delle tante serate di alticcia allegria che passo con le mie amicizie moscovite, vecchie e nuove. Tra un bicchiere e l'altro di vino, chissà come, ci siamo messi a parlare di letteratura - è sempre colpa mia, in genere - e la nozione di un gatto che paga il biglietto del tram era troppo allettante per non leggere questo bel volume.
    Difficile spiegare quanto è bello il Maestro e Margherita: se sia più avvincente la storia degli improbabili accadim
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    L.
    لحياة الكاتب فيما يكتب نصيب، فتلك القرية النائية الهادية التي ساقته الأقدار لها ليعمل فيها طبيبا في بداية مشوراه انعكست وبقوة على روايته الأولى "مذكرات طبيب شاب" التي كانت مصافحتي الأولى لبولغاكوف الذي يقال أنه لم ينل حظه في حياته أولاً: لعيشه وسط نظام يقمع المثقفين والأدباء وأخيراً: لأنه من زمرة أولئك المؤلفين الذين نشرت لهم رواية بعد مماتهم صنعت لهم مجداً وشهره يتمنى كل شخص قرأ لهم وتحسَّر لحالهم أن يرى ردة فعلهم عندما يعلمون ماذا صنعت أقلامهم من ضجّة.

    بعد القراءة الأولى والوحيدة لروايته الأولى
    ...more
    Simona Bartolotta
    Nov 30, 2015 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 1900
    «Brucia, brucia, vita di un tempo!»
    «Brucia, sofferenza!» gridava Margherita.


    Questo romanzo mi ha accompagnata per oltre un mese; l'ho portato dappertutto, sui mezzi pubblici, a scuola, agli allenamenti di calcio di mio fratello. Mi sono crogiolata in una lettura lenta, concedendomi solo qualche pagina al giorno, trascinandolo per ben più di quanto fosse necessario.
    Più precisamente, quasi da subito mi sono accorta che centellinare era, più che un piacere, una vera e propria esigenza. Il Maestro e
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    Knarik

    I loved this book.And Behemoth is one of my all-time favorites.

    "Manuscripts don't burn"

    "Everything will turn out right, the world is built on that."

    "Not causing trouble, not touching anything, fixing the primus."

    "You should never ask anyone for anything. Never- and especially from those who are more powerful than yourself."

    "Where would your good be if there were no evil, and what the world look like without shadow?"

    "The most amazing combinations can result if you suffle the pack enough"
    Why tr
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    Kim
    At one point I thought I was never going to finish this book. I thought it would end up on the DNF list to languish forever, my failed last attempt at Russian literature. The sticking point was an odd one. I had enjoyed the beginning but came to a part at Griboyedov's where I just couldn't read through it. It was a wall of Russian names and for some reason it just stopped me in my tracks. I attempted to get past it a couple times then left it on the wayside while I moved on to other books.

    Someth
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    Sera
    Sep 24, 2012 Sera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Sera by: Bookish
    Although absurd on its face, this book actually had much meaning to me as a reader. Some readers focus on the context of the book, positing that it was written to convey what life was like under Stalin. However, after reading about Bulgakov's life, I believe that the book should be read in the context of Bulgakov's life as a writer. Don't get me wrong, the Stalin references are there with people vanishing in the night and having a fear of being arrested when they have done nothing wrong. However ...more
    Mohammad Kamelan
    Mar 30, 2016 Mohammad Kamelan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: novel
    خوندن این کتاب برام مثل چشیدن غذای لذیذی بود که در کنار طعم خوبش، تاریخ و ریشه فرهنگ غنی هم داشته باشه، از داستان لذت بردم اما با جوی که نویسنده داستان ازش صحبت میکردآشنایی نداشتم، چه خوب بود که شرحی از این کتاب رو قبل از اینکه به دست بگیرمش میخوندم.
    کاملا مشخصه که میخائیل بولگاکف دل پری از جامعه نویسندگان و منتقدین و فضای حاکم داشته و با تنها سلاح هر نویسندهای که چیزی جز نوشتن نیست، از این شرایط گله گذاری کرده.

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    Arwen56
    Mar 15, 2015 Arwen56 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Con infinito garbo e immutata commozione mi curvo, oggi, ancora una volta, sulle pagine di questo libro per udire di nuovo quel che si stanno infine dicendo Pilato e Joshua e quello che, per qualche tempo, potranno ancora dirsi il Maestro e Margherita.
    Perché, loro, si sono parlati davvero. E’ per questo che hanno meritato se non la “luce”, almeno la “pace”.

    “I manoscritti non bruciano”. Con questa citazione ho iniziato, secoli fa, la mia tesi di laurea, che di un manoscritto si occupava. Voleva
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    Jason
    Oct 02, 2007 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: meh
    "David" said this book reads more like short stories, and I would have to agree. Perhaps it was reading in translation, but it just didn't have the flow I expected. Or perhaps I heard too much hype before I got around to it. I had trouble getting to the end because the focus seemed to be on chaos rather than cohesion. Perhaps if I new more about Russian history and culture of the time period I would enjoy it more--from what I've read and heard, this seems to be its forte.

    An afterthought: I reall
    ...more
    Darwin8u
    A complete acid trip of a novel. My favorite part was the conversation between Pilate and Yeshua Ha-Nozri (Jesus). Well, I also dug Behemoth's penchant for guns, chess and vodka. This is one of those dream-like novels requiring the reader to spend years unwrapping. Its truth comes briefly during those full-moon moments between sleep and wake.
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    Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kiev in May 1891. He studied and briefly practised medicine and, after indigent wanderings through revolutionary Russia and the Caucasus, he settled in Moscow in 1921. His sympathetic portrayal of White characters in his stories, in the plays The Days of the Turbins (The White Guard), which enjoyed great success at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1926, and Flight (1927), and ...more
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    “But would you kindly ponder this question: What would your good do if
    evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows
    disappeared? After all, shadows are cast by things and people. Here is the
    shadow of my sword. But shadows also come from trees and living beings.
    Do you want to strip the earth of all trees and living things just because
    of your fantasy of enjoying naked light? You're stupid.”
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