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The most important characters and locations from the book are extensively presented and situated in the sections of the same name on this website. And so are the political, economical, social and cultural contexts in which the novel was developed. You can surf to these sections using the menu above.
But Bulgakov's satire is more than just criticism to real people or the creaion of absurd situations by mixing reality and fiction. It's hidden everywhere throughout the story in small details which, at first sight, seem to be trivial, but which are significant for those who know why they are mentioned. It's not coincidence that the woman tramdriver was wearing a crimson armband, or that the Master says that he was "in the same coat but with the buttons torn off".
In this section of the website you can find, ordered by chapter, all possible explanations of names, situations, quotations or other elements which can be helpful to better understand the book - as far as I know them. The terms are mentioned in the order of their first appearance in the novel. Some terms and situations are clarified more in detail elsewhere on the site. You only have to click the links to learn more about it.
I don't claim to know everything of The Master and Margarita. Do you know more explanations or links which are not mentioned on this website? Please, don't hesitate to contact me.
On the right side of each page, under the menu Chapters, you can find all illustrations of the chapter.
- 1 Never Talk with Strangers
- 2 Pontius Pilate
- 3 The Seventh Proof
- 4 The Chase
- 5 There were Doings at Griboedov's
- 6 Schizophrenia, as was Said
- 7 A Naughty Apartment
- 8 The Combat between the Professor...
- 9 Koroviev's Stunts
- 10 News From Yalta
- 11 Ivan Splits in Two
- 12 Black Magic and Its Exposure
- 13 The Hero Enters
- 14 Glory to the Cock!
- 15 Nikanor Ivanovich's Dream
- 16 The Execution
- 17 An Unquiet Day
- 18 Hapless Visitors
- 19 Margarita
- 20 Azazello's Cream
- 21 Flight
- 22 By Candlelight
- 23 The Great Ball at Satan's
- 24 The Extraction of the Master
- 25 How the Procurator Tried...
- 26 The Burial
- 27 The End of Apartment No. 50
- 28 The Last Adventures of Koroviev...
- 29 The Fate of the Master and...
- 30 It's Time! It's Time!
- 31 On Sparrow Hills
- 32 Forgiveness and Eternal Refuge