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The Master and Margarita - Introduction

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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25.11.2017 - Sympathy for the Devil

Today we published on our website the animated video Sympathy for the Devil, which was made by the French director Aurélie Pollet for the European culture channel Arte, and which illuminates the relationship between the eponymous song by The Rolling Stones and The Master and Margarita.

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01.11.2017 - Statue for Bulgakov

Last week, the Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin has signed a decision to establish a statue for Mikhail Bulgakov in 2018.

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30.10.2017 - Władysław Kowalski died

Yesterday, the Polish actor Władysław Kowalski (1916-2017) died in Warsaw. We will especially remember him from director Maciej Wojtyszko’s Polish television series Mistrz i Małgorzata from 1990, in which he played the role of the master.

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12.10.2017 - Illustrations by Erika Latigan

Today we added to this website a page about the illustrations for The Master and Margarita made by the illustrator Erika Latigan.

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06.10.2017 - Film by Charlotte Waligòra

Today we added to this website a page about the film Le maître et Marguerite by the French director Charlotte Waligòra.

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20.09.2017 - The Death of Stalin

There is a possibility that the film The Death of Stalin by director Armando Iannucci will not be shown in Russia.

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26.08.2017 - A new Show Trial is coming up

In The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov referred more than once to the Show Trials organised by Joseph Stalin to eliminate his opponents from the political, military, scientific and cultural scene. With the detention of Kirill Serebrennikov, today's Russia seems to want to restore an old tradition.

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17.08.2017 - New French film

In Paris, there would be shootings for the film Le maître et Marguerite, directed by Charlotte Waligòra. «Margarita wakes up in Paris in 2017. Woland keeps her close to him in an apartment in Billancourt, where she lives with Behemoth since the late 30's...»

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11.08.2017 - The new theatre season

August is traditionally the month in which most theaters present the new season. For us, it is the period in which we are looking for new adaptations of The Master and Margarita.

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25.07.2017 - Subtitles for «Cuore di cane»

We are making subtitles for the film Cuore di cane by the Italian director Alberto Lattuadda, based on the novel Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov.

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28.06.2017 - Subtitles for «The Flight»

We are making subtitles for the film The Flight by Alexander Alov and Vladimir Naumov, based on works by Mikhail Bulgakov.

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10.06.2017 - Help Bulgakov to return to the Patriarch's Ponds

Support the efforts to construct a monument to Bulgakov on the Patriarch's Ponds in Moscow, where the story of The Master and Margarita begins.

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01.06.2017 - The Days of the Turbins

On June 15, 2017, this website will launch The Days of the Turbins by director Vladimir Basov on DVD, with subtitles in English, French and Dutch.

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01.05.2017 - The month of Bulgakov

Throughout the month of May we will offer you our subtitled movies and TV series on DVD with a 25 % discount. Use the order code BUL2017 to apply this discount to your order.

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26.04.2017 - Music by The Trolls

Today we added to this website a new page on the song Mistrz i Małgorzata, made by the Polish punkrock band The Trolls.

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16.04.2017 - Illustrations by Aleksandr Fedorov

Today we added to this website a new page on a series of 25 illustrations inspired by The Master and Margarita, made by the Russian artist Aleksandr Fedorov.

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15.04.2017 - Comic strip by Nikita Krasnobrishev

Today we added to this website a new page on Case no. 666, a comic strip inspired by The Master and Margarita, made by Nikita Krasnobrishev, a student of the Moscow School of Economics.

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14.04.2017 - More new videos

Today we added to this website new pages on more animated videos inspired by The Master and Margarita. The videos have been made by students of the Moscow School of Economics.

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08.03.2017 - New video by Kristina Pavlenko

Today we added to this website a page on a new video on the theme of The Master and Margarita. The video was made by Kristina Pavlenko, a student of the Moscow School of Economics.

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07.03.2017 - New music by Basta

Today we added to this website a page on a new song inspired by The Master and Margarita. The song of the Russian rapper Basta was released on March 2, 2017.

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23.02.2017 - Animation film by Doron Kobiashi

Today we added to this website a page on the short animated movie The Master and Margarita, made by Doron Kobiashi, a student at the Holon Institute of Technology in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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17.02.2017 - Animation film by Maria Morris

Today we added to this website a page on the short animated movie The Master and Margarita, made by Maria Morris, a student at the Kingston University in London.

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16.02.2017 - New plans for a movie?

Since a few days we hear new rumours about another possible screen adaptation of The Master and Margarita.

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