It was a hot summer night in July 2003 and I was admiring the Eiffel Tower from the open window of a nice penthouse at the Avenue Émile Zola in Paris. I was talking to Tatiana Poppel, a Russian friend who lived there. We were discussing literature and I told her about my favourite novel, Cien años de soledad, written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And then it was her turn. She told me a strange, but funny story about the Devil visiting Moscow. I was listening and I was amused, but without really trying to remember the name of the novel nor its author. But the story never left me. It was saved in my brains forever.
One year later the images came back, and how! Another Russian friend of mine, Irina Ternovaya, advised me to read The Master and Margarita, written by Mikhail Bulgakov. And so I did. With quite some dramatic consequences. I lost my heart in Moscow, it will stay there forever and I started learning Russian because, one day, I want to be able to read it in the original language...
You can use the menu at the top to learn more about Mikhail Bulgakov, the story and its themes, the political and social context, the characters and the locations, and discover how this novel inspired many others to create music, movie pictures or theatre plays. Have a regular look at the newspage too, because Bulgakov is still alive…
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19.12.2016 - The Master and Margarita banned in Ukraine
On December 10, 2016, the TV-series The Master and Margarita directed by Vladimir Bortko has been added to the blacklist in Ukraine.
18.12.2016 - Mikhail Bulgakov. The Life and Times
On January 29, 2017, the publishing house Glagoslav Publications will release the English translation of Mikhail Bulgakov: The Life and Times by Marietta Chudakova.
13.12.2016 - The Master and Margarita on TV
The theatre piece Mistrz i Małgorzata by the Juliusz Osterwa Theatre in Lublin, Poland, will be broadcast on December 26, 2016, by the Polish television channel TVP Kultura.
08.12.2016 - Valery Belyakovich died
The Russian theatre director Valery Romanovich Belyakovich, creator of the Moscow Theatre South-West, died on December 6, 2016.
04.12.2016 - Social media in Russia 100 years ago
The website 1917. A free history shows how social networks in Russia could have looked like in the time of Mikhail Bulgakov.
16.11.2016 - Pontius Pilate
The theatre glassbooth in Essen, Germany, is looking for actors for a performance of Pontius Pilate in March 2017.
06.11.2016 - A triple jubilee
The regular visitors of this website know since long that we commemorate the 125th anniversary of Afanasievich Mikhail Bulgakov this year. But in this month of November, we have two more reasons to celebrate.
28.10.2016 - Two biographies
In Moscow, a large exhibition is organized to celebrate 125 years Mikhail Bulgakov and 50 years The Master and Margarita.
10.10.2016 - In memoriam Andrzej Wajda
Yesterday, Andrzej Wajda died. He was one of the first movie directors who made a screen adaptation of The Master and Margarita.
09.10.2016 - The Master and Margarita and Facebook
For the umpteenth time, Facebook blocks your webmaster because of an illustration from The Master and Margarita.
29.09.2016 - The Master and Margarita at the Cello Biennale
On Monday, October 24, 2016, the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, presents a music theater production of The Master and Margarita directed by Dagmar Slagmolen, in cooperation with the film institute EYE.
31.08.2016 - The Master and Margarita on Google Live
On November 11 and 12, 2016, Google Live will stream an online reading of The Master and Margarita on YouTube with 500 narrators, and you can be one of them.
24.08.2016 - New subtitles
On November 1, 2016, this website will launch Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future on DVD, with subtitles in English, French and Dutch. Our visitors have the opportunity to pre-order their copy with a discount.
21.08.2016 - Illustrations by Hans Fronius
Today we added to this webside some of the 67 illustrations for The Master and Margarita, made by the Austrian illustrator Hans Fronius (1903-1988) in 1981.
09.08.2016 - New Spanish translation
Today we have been informed that El Maestro y Margarita has been released, a new Spanish translation of The Master and Margarita. It has been translated by Fulvio Franchi.
28.07.2016 - No more strangers on Patriarch's Ponds?
For fans of the work of Bulgakov, the Patriarch's Ponds is one of the places where you should have been on a visit to Moscow. Some residents of the neighborhood, however, are not so keen on «foreigners» and are even dreaming of closing the area with barriers.
23.07.2016 - Zéro absolu
Today we added to this website a page on the comic strip Zéro absolu by Richard Bec and Christophe Marazano, with scenes from The Master and Margarita.
21.07.2016 - Illustrations by Aleksandr Botvinov
Today we added to this website a page with illustrations which the Russian artist Aleksandr Botvinov made for The Master and Margarita.
20.07.2016 - Music by Henning Boye Leonhardsen
Today we added to this website a page with music, written by the Norwegian musician and composer Henning Boye Leonhardsen.
07.06.2016 - Freemasonry in The Master and Margarita
Today we added to this website a page on the numerous masonic symbols which Mikhail Bulgakov described in The Master and Margarita.
21.05.2016 - Installation by Nelli Levental
Today we added to this website a series of photos of installations, made by the Moldovan artist Nelli Levental.
15.05.2016 - Photos by Stana Krivokhizhina
Today we added to this website a series of photos, made by the Russian photographer Stana Krivokhizhina.
14.05.2016 - Mikhail Bulgakov 125 years
Tomorrow, May 15, 2016, will be the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov. It will not surprise you that this joyous occasion will be celebrated in Moscow.
10.01.2016 - Our new app for smartphone and tablets
Since November 2013, some 3.000 people installed our Master & Margarita app on their phones and tablets, and sent us useful tips to further improve it and make it more user-friendly. We used this information to develop a completely new version which is now available for free on iTunes and Google Play.
Films and TV-series
Along with much information on the novel, you will also find on this site different films and TV-series based on The Master and Margarita, and subtitled in English by your webmaster.
Bulgakov on DVD
To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Bulgakov, we made a DVD Box with the four most acclaimed movies and TV series based on his works, with subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.
Your guide through the novel
In this section are explained, per chapter, all typical notions, names of people and places, quotations and expressions from the novel with a description of the political, social, economical and cultural context.
In the media
Artists keep using the theme of The Master and Margarita in their movies, music, theatre pieces and drawings.
Have a look at the most impor-tant places from the novel at a single glance using this click-able map of Moscow.
Virtual tour of Yershalaim
Have a look at all the places of Yershalaim seen from the air, from the Antonia Tower to the palace of Herod.
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