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Book synopsis:
Mikhail Bulgakov's devastating satire of Soviet life was written during the darkest period of Stalin's regime. Combining two distinct yet interwoven parts—one set in ancient Jerusalem, one in contemporary Moscow—the novel veers from moods of wild theatricality with violent storms, vampire attacks, and a Satanic ball; to such somber scenes as the meeting of Pilate and Yeshua, and the murder of Judas in the moonlit garden of Gethsemane; to the substanceless, circus-like reality of Moscow. Its central characters, Woland (Satan) and his retinue—including the vodka-drinking black cat, Behemoth; the poet, Ivan Homeless; Pontius Pilate; and a writer known only as The Master, and his passionate companion, Margarita—exist in a world that blends fantasy and chilling realism, an artful collage of grotesqueries, dark comedy, and timeless ethical questions.

Though completed in 1940, "The Master and Margarita" wasn't published in Moscow until 1966, when the first part appeared in the magazine "Moskva." It was an immediate and enduring success: audiences responded with great enthusiasm to its expression of artistic and spiritual freedom.


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Margaret (everlastinggrace) This is going to be good! I am in!


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Nancy (nancyhelen) | 1469 comments I am in too - I'm fascinated by this book and I have no idea what to expect.


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I've decided I'm in for this one too! :)


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Justin (rockstarintraining) This book has been sitting on my shelf for years. I guess it's about time I dusted it off so count me in, too. December is stacking up to be a month full of classics for me so far.


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Shinjini (shinjini14) | 292 comments I'm in for this one. :)


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Kaitlin (kait-k) | 451 comments I'm in.


RachelvlehcaR (charminggirl) | 4364 comments I'm in.


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Rose | 602 comments I'm in.


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Rick Slane has mostly recovered from covid Can't wait to see what y'all think


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I've been wanting to read this for a really long time.


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Snowtulip | 4450 comments So I started this morning and read through Ch. 4. This book gives off the same vibe as when I read Kafka on the Shore.

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Sarah | 3273 comments Don't see much discussion yet. I hope to start the audio in a few days. I am also listening to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - which is a little strange.

Snowtulip, it is also Marukami - so now I am expecting strange - if in fact Kafka on the Shore was strange.


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Snowtulip | 4450 comments Sarah wrote: "Don't see much discussion yet. I hope to start the audio in a few days. I am also listening to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - which is a little strange.

Snowtulip, it is also Marukami -..."


Sarah, strange is correct!

I like Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore are his most unique stories, in my opinion :)

I haven't gotten far enough into The Master and Margarita, but I'm thinking it will keep me on my toes :)


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I am so far behind on both The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and this one. Might have to take a second too...had a little blip in terms of my thesis getting done lol


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Snowtulip | 4450 comments Congrats on your thesis!


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Sarah | 3273 comments Taryn - I am behind on these two as well.

Gonna start the audio for this tonight.


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Sarah | 3273 comments OK I started - and what can I say - I am enjoying the cast of eclectic characters, the dialogue is quite enjoyable and at the same time I think this is way over my head. I don't even know how to begin to discuss this book? I am listening to the audio and the names and number of characters are difficult to follow. But I like the book - go figure.


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Nancy (nancyhelen) | 1469 comments I haven't even managed to start this one yet with so many other books on the go, but I'll get there eventually. I was aware this wasn't going to be an 'easy' read by any stretch of the imagination...


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Sarah | 3273 comments Is anyone still planning to read this?


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Margaret (everlastinggrace) I decided that it will be too fantastical for me :) plus I have so many BRs going on and I rather read the ones that will keep my interest. :)


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