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…
Welcome to the wonderful world of The Master and Margarita...
01.05.2015 - Music by Avantscene
Today we added to the website a page on the Russian actor Kirill Solyonov and his musical project Avantscene, who released the song Сын зари [Syn Zari] or Son of the Morning, based on The Master and Margarita.
16.04.2015 - Animated films on The Master and Margarita
Today we added to the website some animated films based on The Master and Margarita, and made by students of the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology.
12.04.2015 - Short films on The Master and Margarita
Today we started a new section on this website with short films based on The Master and Margarita.
09.04.2015 - Music by Dani
Today we added a page on the German rock musician Dani, who met a witch in Moscow and wrote a song about The Master and Margarita.
06.04.2015 - The Kremlin Troll Factory
Unsuspecting internet users may be surprised by the massive expressions of support or even hagiographies that are posted daily on the social media with relation to Vladimir Putin. But basically, it's a group of 400 well-paid hacks working in shifts of 12 hours and using various identities, who are writing what they are told.
12.03.2015 - The Master and Margarita on BBC 3
Next Sunday, on March 15, 2015, at 22:00 GMT, the British station BBC Radio 3 will broadcast The Master and Margarita.
22.02.2015 - Interactive graphic novel
Today we added to this website a page on the so-called interactive graphic novel, made by the German student Paul Fröhling on the story of The Master and Margarita.
21.02.2015 - Illustrations by Frederico Fistarol
Today we added to this website a page with illustrations for The Master and Margarita, made by the Italian artist Frederico Fistarol.
20.02.2015 - Illustrations by Aleksandr Ivanov
Today we added to this website a page with illustrations for The Master and Margarita, made by the Russian artist Aleksandr Ivanov.
07.02.2015 - The Master and Margarita in 60 seconds
Today we added to this website a page with a 60 seconds animated film about The Master and Margarita, published by the Polish website Lubimy czytać.
02.02.2015 - Radio programme on The Master and Margarita
Today we added to this website a page on which you can listen to a radio programme on The Master and Margarita. It has been broadcast last week.
15.12.2014 - Music by Adriano
Adriano is a Swiss conductor who wants to be known by his first name only. He composed Obscure Saraband, an orchestral piece inspired by Woland’s Ball from The Master and Margarita.
06.12.2014 - The Mikhail Bulgakov Collection
The year 2015 is nearing. It's the year in which we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov. For this occasion we compiled a special DVD box with the four most acclaimed movies and TV series based on the works of Bulgakov.
02.12.2014 - The chess journals would pay good money...
For seven years, your webmaster has been trying to figure out which game of chess could have been the prototype for the game between Woland and Behemoth in Chapter 22 of The Master and Margarita. And now he thinks he has found it.
09.11.2014 - Illustrations by Pavel Lekhovich
Today we added to this website a series of illustrations for The Master and Margarita, made by the Ukrainian illustrator Pavel Lekhovich.
13.10.2014 - Polish TV-series on DVD
One of the hidden gems in the area of the film versions of The Master and Margarita is definitely the Polish TV series Mistrz i Malgorzata realized by director Maciej Wojtyszko in 1988. Quite unexpectedly, this series has now been released on DVD.
06.10.2014 - In memoriam Yuri Lyubimov
Yury Lyubimov, the founder of the world-renowned Taganka Theatre in Moscow, died in his sleep October 5, 2014, in Moscow.
16.09.2014 - Subtitles for Morphine
Your webmaster made subtitles in English, French and Dutch for the film Morfine by director Alexey Balabanov and based on the short stories from Mikhail Bulgakov's A Young Doctor's Notebook. You can get it on pre-sales conditions if you order before October 1, 2014.
07.09.2014 - Prize for Der Meister und Margarita
Yesterday, September 6, 2014, the winners were announced of Читая Россию (Chitaya Rossiyu) or Read Russia Prize. In the category Literature of the twentieth century, this year's prize was won by Alexander Nitzberg for his German translation of The Master and Margarita.
02.09.2014 - Day of the City in Moscow
On Saturday, September 6, 2014, Moscow will have its День города (Dyen goroda) or Day of the City. The Bulgakov lovers will certainly focus on the Patriarch's Pond and its surroundings where, from 13:00 to 22:30, a Bulgakov Festival will be held.
31.08.2014 - Farewell Margarita
Would there be a curse on adaptations of The Master and Margarita? Vera Sveshnikova, leading actress in the musical Master i Margarita in Saint-Petersburg, announced that she is leaving the production.
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.
Bulgakov on DVD
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Mikhail Bulgakov, we made a DVD Box with the four most acclaimed movies and TV series based on his works, with subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish 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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