Thursday, November 03, 2016

The Master and Margarita: Mikhail Bulgakov's Magnum Opus

Yes, another Russian novel - and something of an answer to Dostoyevsky's question about Christ and Christianity . . . and also a question of what to do with the Devil!

Loosely based on the Faust legend, but as if the Devil had thrown an anarchist bomb into Goethe's Faust drama and this is the aftermath. As with Goethe's Faust, there are two stories, but whereas Goethe's tale was told as Part I and Part II, Bulgakov's skips back and forth in the telling, for we start off in mid-twentieth-century Moscow, but abruptly find ourselves in early first-century Jerusalem.

I leave the remainder for you readers to find out for yourselves . . .



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