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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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16.11.2016 - Pontius Pilate

The theatre glassbooth in Essen, Germany, is looking for actors for a performance of Pontius Pilate in March 2017.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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