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The devil comes to Master and ePUB #9734 Moscow wearing a fancy suit With his disorderly band of accomplices including a demonic gun toting tomcat he i. In Russia profoundly in the grip of Stalin during the 1930s the Devil visits two atheists Add to the mix an assassin a black cat Jesus Pontius Pilate and a naked witch and you have the main ingredients of one of the most amazing novels of the 20th century Unfortunately it’s challenging to try to write a coherent review of this novel it’s a little like trying to fit together pieces of an abstract puzzle‘It can’t be He doesn’t exist’There are three distinct elements Professor Woland’s discussion with Berlioz and the poet known as Bezdomny about the existence of Jesus the section involving the Master and his lover Margarita and a novel about Pontius Pilate The link between this elements Well the Devil in the guise of Professor Woland challenges Berlioz and Bezdomny’s concepts of atheism which leads the conversation to the novel about Pilate which was written by the Master‘Intelligent people however become intelligent by solving complicated problems’Simple right Only because Mikhail Bulgakov was such an accomplished writer Action then shifts between Jerusalem where Pilate wants to free Jesus but has no choice and Moscow where Berlioz dies and Bezdomny whose real name is Ivan is taken to an asylum Ivan’s neighbour in the asylum is another writer known only as the Master As we shift between Jerusalem and Moscow the stories start to converge And when Woland hosts a grand ball with Margarita as his hostess and then grants her a wish the Master and Margarita are eventually reunitedNo these words do not do this wonderfully complex multi layered story justice It’s inventive and satirical it’s brilliant on so many different levels The book was written between 1928 and 1940 but was not published until 1967 I really don’t understand why it took me until 2014 to read it for the first time‘But what happened in Moscow after sunset on that Saturday evening when Woland and his followers left the capital and vanished from Sparrow Hills’Jennifer Cameron Smith

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Penguin Classics Master and MargaritaMmediately begins to create havocDisappearances destruction and death spread through the city like wildfire and Margarita discovers that her lover has. In Chapter 21 of The Master and Margarita the maid Natasha having been transformed into a witch and revelling in the freedom that the metamorphosis has brought her exclaims “We too want to live and fly” Many in Stalinist Russia must have longed to ‘live and fly’ to escape the fear tyranny and grey uniformity of Soviet life but few had the opportunity and still fewer the courage to do so This novel is about many things but to my mind it is mainly about courage and freedom the courage to be free One of its recurring themes is that “cowardice is the most terrible of vices” and throughout the story it is the cowards those who have made their compromises with tyranny and who lack the courage to seek freedom who are punishedOn a warm spring afternoon at full moon Satan attended by a bizarre retinue of demons including a huge black cat that walks on its hind legs talks drinks vodka and plays chess arrives in Moscow presents himself as ‘Professor Woland’ a theatrical magician and for the following few days presides as a kind of ‘Lord of Misrule’ over a series of hilariously disruptive events that cause widespread hysteria While it becomes clear to the reader what is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ in the world of the novel it is not at all clear to most of those citizens of Moscow who encounter SatanWoland and his demons For the people of Moscow have made their compromises with tyranny to the extent that their perceptions have become so distorted that that they do not recognize tyranny for what it is but believe it to be good and regard anything that disrupts the status uo as bad Woland represents the urge to escape to be free and apart from Natasha the only characters who act on this urge are Margarita who longs to escape from a loveless marriage and to be reunited with her lover a persecuted novelist ‘the Master’ who has disappeared and the Master himself The other characters who encounter Woland and his entourage are too immersed in the petty concerns of their everyday lives their envy their ambition their crass materialism and their fearful and unuestioning acceptance of things as they are to dare to desire freedomThe novel is filled with incident and is very fast paced and I got the distinct impression that the driving force behind all of this is Bulgakov’s anger – his anger at Soviet society for its acceptance of and collaboration with tyranny and his anger at himself for what he believed to be his own cowardice in the face of tyranny He invents a world in which he can wreak revenge and creates his own version of Satan to be his avenging angel Bulgakov’s Satan is not the all evil Satan of the Christian imagination True he does bad things to bad people as Satan is expected to do but uncharacteristically he also does good things to good people; not only is he capable of doing good as well as evil but he also has a sense of humour through SatanWoland Bulgakov can fantasize about laughing at and at the same time punishing the bureaucrats spies informers and busybodies who made day to day Soviet life so intolerableMuch of Bulgakov’s animus is directed at the complacent Muscovite literary establishment who should have known better who should have spoken out on behalf of the oppressed but were so seduced by their privileged status and its attendant material benefits and so cowed that they ignored the reality of the world that they lived in It was said by Nabokov that there was no such thing as Soviet literature as the truly great figures of Russian literature in the Soviet period were forced to become dissidents to be true to themselves and their art It was the mediocrities who did not become dissidents and who reaped the rewards for their collaboration Bulgakov shows his contempt for them by portraying them as the members of the literary club Massolit who are less interested in writing than in dachas Crimean holidays and above all their fine club restaurant from which members of the public are excluded The Master in contrast is not part of the literary establishment He has written a novel about the moral cowardice of Pontius Pilate who was so terrified of the conseuences of defying the Emperor Tiberius that he submitted to the blackmail of the high priest and acted contrary to his own conscience and inclinations by agreeing to the execution of Jesus The Master’s novel has been denied publication presumably because the parallels with Soviet life are too obvious for comfort and a campaign against its author by a group of influential literary critics has driven the Master to burn the manuscript and has led to his being arrested and subseuently seeking refuge in a psychiatric hospital There are parallels with Bulgakov’s life in that he was himself the victim of a politically motivated press campaign in the 1920’s The Master and Margarita was not published during his lifetime and at one stage he even burned the manuscript But as Woland says “Manuscripts do not burn”The Master and Margarita is a wonderful comic fantasy in which supernatural happenings occur in a world that does not accept the supernatural as a possibility and much of the comedy is provided by the reactions of Soviet citizens and officials to the outrageous tricks that are perpetrated on them One of the funniest incidents in the book is when a pompous citizen who has temporarily been metamorphosed into a hog and forced to attend Satan’s grand ball demands from Satan a certificate attesting to this fact as evidence to prove to his wife and to the authorities where he has spent the night I suppose it is the portrayal of Satan that caused the Russian Orthodox Church to find the novel offensive and that in 2006 induced a religious extremist to vandalize the Bulgakov museum in Moscow This is ironic because Bulgakov was a Christian and it was his outrage at the crude anti religious propaganda of the Soviet authorities that prompted him to write the novel but Satan as the advocate of religious belief and the opponent of official Soviet atheism even in the context of a satire was clearly too much for conventional Christians to swallow It is also probable that they were offended that the Master’s unorthodox retelling of the Gospel story is featured in four chapters as a novel within the novel part of which is actually narrated by Satan In the circumstances the fact that the atmosphere of ancient Jerusalem in the novel called ‘Yershalaim’ and the events surrounding the crucifixion are brought to life much vividly than in the Gospel accounts cannot have pleased the church authoritiesI found it difficult to put the book down so engrossed did I become in the world that Bulgakov created and as soon as I finished it I started to read it again His Moscow seems very immediate and alive and the small minded sly officious and corrupt Soviet citizens and officials that he describes are sadly all too credible The general unpleasantness of life in the Stalinist period the atmosphere of fear and distrust the denunciations the disappearances the privations of life in communal apartments the privileges enjoyed by the favoured few such as hard currency shops and exclusive clubs are all objects of Bulgakov’s satire Even though it is set in Stalinist Moscow at the height of the purges and show trials in the late 1930’s the atmosphere of the novel is not oppressive This is a Moscow of the imagination in which demons with a sense of fun play pranks against the dour and humourless citizens and officials of the communist state It is hardly surprising that Bulgakov did not seek to have the novel published during his lifetime