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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25.08.2014 - Musical in Wroclaw
While in the Russian Federation major efforts are being made to prepare the premiere of the musical Мастер и Маргарита on September 18, 2014, another musical, Mistrz i Małgorzata, which was premiered one year ago at the Teatr Muzyczny Capitol in Wroclaw, Poland, is still drawing full houses.
22.08.2014 - Musical in Saint Petersburg
Eight years ago, the British composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber wanted to make a musical about The Master and Margarita, but he never made it. Earlier this year, the Russian production company Makers Lab announced that they have succeeded where Webber had failed.
19.08.2014 - Illustrations by Ina Walter
Today we added to the website a series of nice illustrations for The Master and Margarita, made by Ina Walter, an illustrator and designer from Krefeld, Germany.
11.08.2014 - TV series about Bulgakov
We heard from a reliable source that the Russian production company Mars Media is preparing a TV series of 10 episodes about the life of Mikhail Bulgakov. The working title would be The Life and Temptations of Mikhail Bulgakov.
06.08.2014 - Opera in Hollywood
The opera Margarita, written by the Russian composer Gamma Skupinsky, will be premiered on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the Plummer Park Fiesta Hall in West Hollywood, California, United States.
05.08.2014 - Miss Margarita
It's August 2014 and the sun is burning. So it's the time for some frivolous news stories. For instance, did you know that this year’s Miss Yekaterinburg contest is thematically connected with Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita?
29.07.2014 - Bulgakov under fire in Russia and Ukraine
It looks like both the Russian and the Ukrainian authorities feel nostalgic for the Stalin era. They don’t only want to fight with each other on the battlefield, they also want to compete with each other in the area of intellectual stupidity by curtailing cultural freedom. In both countries, the works of Bulgakov are under fire.
23.07.2014 - The Greatest Human Vice
William F. Jack is a retired professor of Russian literature from Minnesota, USA, and the author of The Greatest Human Vice. In order to promote his book, he offers the e-book version for free for a limited time.
21.07.2014 - Bulgakov's Bibliography
Today we added to the website the result of a painstaking work that has kept us busy for a long time: the complete bibliography of the works written by Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov.
11.07.2014 - Music by The Artems
Today we added to the website a page with the song Master and Margarita performed by the Danish multicultural band The Artems.
10.07.2014 - Music by Diakrisis
Today we added to the website a page with the song The Master and Margarita from the Russian poet and musician Maksim Prikhodko.
09.07.2014 - Music by Quartetto Minimo
Today we added to the website three songs - Le maître et Marguerite, Azazello and Behemoth - played by the Spanish jazz band Quartetto Minimo.
08.07.2014 - More new translations
Just like yesterday, we added again three new English translations of short stories written by Mikhail Bulgakov to the Archives section of the website.
07.07.2014 - New translations
Today we added three new English translations of short stories written by Mikhail Bulgakov to the Archives section of the website.
29.06.2014 - News of the Day
Today we added to the Context section of our website a page with a video giving a nice overview of the favorite themes shown in the broadcasts of Новости дня (Novosti dnya) or News of the Day in the cinema theatres of the Soviet Union.
28.06.2014 - Illustrations by Marina Terauds
Today we added to the website a page with a series of illustrations for The Master and Margarita made by the Latvian graphic artist Marina Terauds.
25.06.2014 - Music by Yevgeny Baev
Today we added to this website a page with a live performance of the symphonic fantasia Master i Margarita written by the Russian composer Yevgeny Baev. It is performed by Raisa Kosareva (violin) and Alica Kim (guitar).
24.06.2014 - Animated film by Michaela Režová
Today we added to the website a page about the animation film Mistr a Markétka made by the Czech artist Michaela Režová in 2013.
22.06.2014 - Music by Andrei Petrov
Today we added to the website a page with a live performance of the symphonic fantasia Master i Margarita written by the Russian composer Andrei Petrov. It is performed by the Symphonic Orchestra of Karaganda (Kazakhstan), conducted by Peter Gribanov.
21.06.2014 - Music by Mercury Heart
Today we added to the website a page with the music and a video of the song Master and Margarita, made by the British garage rock band Mercury Heart.
20.06.2014 - Video animation by Kristina Laine
Today we added to the website new pages with the animated video Meistras ir Margarita made by the Lithanian artist Kristina Laine in 2006.
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
The Master and Margarita, Heart of the Dog and The White Guard are available in our web shop 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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