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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17.02.2014 - Too much is too much
Many website visitors sent us a picture of the so-called Panteleymon statue at the Zolotovorotsky square in Kiev, Ukraine. They think that it's a statue of Behemoth from The Master and Margarita. But that is not so.
20.12.2013 - A statue for Stalin?
Yesterday, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Joseph Stalin was no worse than the “cunning” Oliver Cromwell, who ousted the 17th-century British monarchy. “What’s the real difference between Cromwell and Stalin? None whatsoever,” Putin said.
19.11.2013 - The Master and Margarita on your smartphone
We developed a free app for smartphones on which you can follow all the news on The Master and Margarita, no matter where you are, and in a simple way. Through the app you get immediate access to our pages on Facebook and Twitter, to the Newsfeed of the Master & Margarita website, to our Web Shop and to much more.
11.11.2013 - The White Guard
Today we added to the Context section of this website a page about the novel The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov.
11.10.2013 - The Master and Margarita on your pc
The Lodestar Theatre Company is about to finish their run of performances of The Master and Margarita at the Unity Theatre. Can’t you go to Liverpool to watch it? Well... you might be interested to know that the final show on Saturday, October 12, 2013 will be streamed live over the internet. Anyone can watch it for free from 7pm UK time. Click on the link below and simply watch it on the player provided.
19.09.2013 - The Master and Margarita in London
On Friday, September 20, 2013 at 19:30, the company Theatre Collection from Londen (United Kingdom) will represent the premiere of the theatre adaptation The Master and Margarita, directed by Shaban Arifi.
15.09.2013 - Der Meister und Margarita in Frankfurt
On Friday September 27, 2013, the Bockenheimer Theaterensemble in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) will represent the premiere of the theatre adaptation Der Meister und Margarita, directed by André Nieth.
25.08.2013 - Musical Der Meister und Margarita
You can still go watch the musical Der Meister und Margarita by the Swiss company Theaterwerkstatt Gleis 5 on August 27, 2013, in Kreuzlingen and on August 31, 2013, in Frauenfeld (Switzerland).
25.08.2013 - Der Meister und Margarita in the opera
On September 14, 2013, the Staatsoper in Hamburg (Germany) will start a new series of representations of the opera Der Meister und Margarita composed by York Höller.
12.07.2013 - The Master and Margarita in a rock opera
On July 13, 2013, the German Artrock band Sequenz plays the premiere of the rock opera Der Meister und Margarita at the Geheimen Garten of the Café Liesbeth in Eberswalde-Finow, Brandenburg, Germany.
24.06.2013 - The Master and Margarita in New York
One of the attractions for this year at the Bard SummerScape arts festival in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, United States, will be an adaptation of The Master and Margarita. The piece will be directed by the Hungarian János Szász at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
06.06.2013 - Comic strip by Bettina Egger
We've been waiting for it for a long time, but the album Moscou endiablé, sur les traces de Maître et Marguerite or Moscow in Rage, in the footsteps of the Master and Margarita by Bettina Egger has just been published by the French publishing house Moule-à-gaufres.
Films and TV-series
Along with much information on the novel, you will also find on this site different films and TV-series based on The Master and Margarita, and subtitled in English by your webmaster.
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The Master and Margarita in photos
In 2010, the Retro Atelier from Kiev, Ukraine, made a calendar for the year 2011 with photos from The Master and Margarita. Now we found a series of their photos which were not included in the calendar.
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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