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The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
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Dec 16, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: significant-250-citations, top-200-fiction, russia, 9, favorites, best-of-1957-1976-fiction
Read from December 16, 2010 to June 13, 2011

Super weird but unforgettable satire. Makes fun of and stands up to the Soviet bureaucrats. The story offers a temporary anarchic and grotesque freedom to the Russian people from stultifying Stalinism as all types of authorities are castigated in vicious, yet funny ways, at the hands of Satan’s minions. An undeniable masterpiece and one of the best novels of the 20th century.

This book was courageously written in the 11 years from when Bulgakov was prohibited to write in the Soviet Union until his death in 1940. It was not published until 1966.
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Mikhail Bulgakov
“Not causing trouble, not touching anything, fixing the primus.”
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov
“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.”
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

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