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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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29.07.2014 - Bulgakov under fire in Russia and Ukraine

It looks like both the Russian and the Ukrainian authorities feel nostalgic for the Stalin era. They don’t only want to fight with each other on the battlefield, they also want to compete with each other in the area of intellectual stupidity by curtailing cultural freedom. In both countries, the works of Bulgakov are under fire.

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23.07.2014 - The Greatest Human Vice

William F. Jack is a retired professor of Russian literature from Minnesota, USA, and the author of The Greatest Human Vice. In order to promote his book, he offers the e-book version for free for a limited time.

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21.07.2014 - Bulgakov's Bibliography

Today we added to the website the result of a painstaking work that has kept us busy for a long time: the complete bibliography of the works written by Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov.

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11.07.2014 - Music by The Artems

Today we added to the website a page with the song Master and Margarita performed by the Danish multicultural band The Artems.

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10.07.2014 - Music by Diakrisis

Today we added to the website a page with the song The Master and Margarita from the Russian poet and musician Maksim Prikhodko.

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09.07.2014 - Music by Quartetto Minimo

Today we added to the website three songs - Le maître et Marguerite, Azazello and Behemoth - played by the Spanish jazz band Quartetto Minimo.

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08.07.2014 - More new translations

Just like yesterday, we added again three new English translations of short stories written by Mikhail Bulgakov to the Archives section of the website.

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07.07.2014 - New translations

Today we added three new English translations of short stories written by Mikhail Bulgakov to the Archives section of the website.

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29.06.2014 - News of the Day

Today we added to the Context section of our website a page with a video giving a nice overview of the favorite themes shown in the broadcasts of Новости дня (Novosti dnya) or News of the Day in the cinema theatres of the Soviet Union.

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28.06.2014 - Illustrations by Marina Terauds

Today we added to the website a page with a series of illustrations for The Master and Margarita made by the Latvian graphic artist Marina Terauds.

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25.06.2014 - Music by Yevgeny Baev

Today we added to this website a page with a live performance of the symphonic fantasia Master i Margarita written by the Russian composer Yevgeny Baev. It is performed by Raisa Kosareva (violin) and Alica Kim (guitar).

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24.06.2014 - Animated film by Michaela Režová

Today we added to the website a page about the animation film Mistr a Markétka made by the Czech artist Michaela Režová in 2013.

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22.06.2014 - Music by Andrei Petrov

Today we added to the website a page with a live performance of the symphonic fantasia Master i Margarita written by the Russian composer Andrei Petrov. It is performed by the Symphonic Orchestra of Karaganda (Kazakhstan), conducted by Peter Gribanov.

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21.06.2014 - Music by Mercury Heart

Today we added to the website a page with the music and a video of the song Master and Margarita, made by the British garage rock band Mercury Heart.

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20.06.2014 - Video animation by Kristina Laine

Today we added to the website new pages with the animated video Meistras ir Margarita made by the Lithanian artist Kristina Laine in 2006.

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17.06.2014 - Music by WarHoles

Today we added to the website a page with the music and a video of the song Master and Margarita, made by the Austrian garage blues and rock band WarHoles.

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