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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20.05.2013 - Film by Oldřich Daněk
Today we published on this website some pages about the film Pilát Pontský onoho dne, made by the Czech director Oldřich Daněk in 1991. The film tells the biblical story from The Master and Margarita.
12.05.2013 - New songs
Today we published on this website a series of 12 songs which were made by the Russian bard Vladimir Skobtsov about The Master and Margarita in 1985.
11.05.2013 - New photos
In 2011, we published on this website a calendar made by the Ukrainian photo studio Retro Atelier with photos from The Master and Margarita. Today we added some photos which were not selected for publication in the final calendar.
15.04.2013 - Auditions for The Master and Margarita in New York
If you have the ambition to play a role in a stage adaptation of The Master and Margarita, this may be an opportunity for you. The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, is planning a stage adaptation of the novel and is looking for actors.
31.03.2013 - Upcoming events
Almost 75 years after Michail Bulgakov's dead, his last masterpiece - The Master and Margarita - is more than ever in the news. Have a look at a series of upcoming events related to the novel.
07.03.2013 - The Master and Margarita banned from the schools?
Paul Pozhigailo, the head of the Russian Public Commission to preserve the historical and cultural heritage proposed to withdraw The Master and Margarita from the literature lists at the schools.
19.02.2013 - Photos by Elena Martynyuk
Three years ago, we announced that the Russian photographer Elena Martynyuk was making a photo series about The Master and Margarita, in collaboration with the Bulgakov House in Moscow. It looks like we will soon be able to fully enjoy the results of the work of Elena Martynyuk, since the Bulgakov reported that she is putting the final touch on the book.
10.02.2013 - Illustrations by Artyom Kolyadinsky
Today we added to the website a page with illustrations made by the Ukrainian artist Artyom Kolyadynsky for The Master and Margarita.
03.02.2013 - Poster by Ellen Manning
Today we added to our web shop the poster Manuscripts Don't Burn made by the young artist Ellen Manning from Keller, Texas (United States). Ellen was impressed by Woland's famous quote from The Master and Margarita and made a reamarkable black and white impression of it.
02.02.2013 - Photos by Nikolay Endegor
Today we added to the website a new page with photos made by the Russian photographer Nikolay Endegor. We found the photos on the website deviantArt.
07.01.2013 - The Master and Margarita on the radio
On Monday, January 14, 2013, the Amsterdam radio station Concertzender will present the 54th episode of Earwitness, a two-hour programme solely dedicated to music inspired by The Master and Margarita.
Films and TV-series
In addition to everything you want to know about the novel, you can find on this website some film adaptations of The Master and Margarita, subtitled in English by your webmaster.
The Master & Margarita website launched Mikhail Bulgakov's The White Guard on DVD, with subtitles in English, French 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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The Master and Margarita
The novel translated in English by Hugh Aplin (on Amazon)
The Master and Margarita
Andrzej Klimowski's comic strip (on Amazon)