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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15.04.2014 - Illustrations by Valentina Sciutti

Valentina Sciutti is a young Italian artist from Genova, who got a Bachelor degree at the Institute of Fine Arts in her hometown. For her dissertation she made a project for which she was inspired by The Master and Margarita.

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12.04.2014 - The Master and Margarita meets Jazz

When the American composer and drummer LaFrae Sci read The Master and Margarita, she was intrigued that there was a jazz band at Woland’s ball. She started imagining that her own jazz band was invited there and wrote music for it.

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11.04.2014 - Illustrations by Antonina Maksimuk

Five years ago, we published a limited selection of the illustrations made in 2008 by the Russian artist Antonina Maksimuk for a luxury edition of The Master and Margarita, published by the Russian editor ROOSSA. Today we have expanded this selection with almost all illustrations of this edition.

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08.04.2014 - A new film is being prepared

Camera Cagliostro, a Finnish/Czech production company, is preparing its first long-metrage puppet animation, a 80 minutes version of The Master and Margarita. Director will be Katariina Lillqvist.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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