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...
07.06.2016 - Freemasonry in The Master and Margarita
Today we added to this website a page on the numerous masonic symbols which Mikhail Bulgakov described in The Master and Margarita.
21.05.2016 - Installation by Nelli Levental
Today we added to this website a series of photos of installations, made by the Moldovan artist Nelli Levental.
15.05.2016 - Photos by Stana Krivokhizhina
Today we added to this website a series of photos, made by the Russian photographer Stana Krivokhizhina.
14.05.2016 - Mikhail Bulgakov 125 years
Tomorrow, May 15, 2016, will be the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov. It will not surprise you that this joyous occasion will be celebrated in Moscow.
10.01.2016 - Our new app for smartphone and tablets
Since November 2013, some 3.000 people installed our Master & Margarita app on their phones and tablets, and sent us useful tips to further improve it and make it more user-friendly. We used this information to develop a completely new version which is now available for free on iTunes and Google Play.
23.12.2015 - Five million visitors
Vodka and champagne! Today, December 23, 2015, at 12:51 CET, this website has welcomed its five millionth visitor.
21.12.2015 - Ballet by Toby J. Jenkins
Today, we added to this website a page on The Master and Margarita, a ballet score written by the British composer Toby J. Jenkins.
18.12.2015 - Another Bulgakov monument
In 2016, another monument to Mikhail Bulgakov, made by sculptor Georgy Frangulyan, will be constructed in Moscow.
13.12.2015 - Rock opera by Konstantin Glazunov
Today, we added to this website a page on the rock opera Master i Margarita, created by Konstantin Glazunov and Aleksandr Avanesov.
06.12.2015 - Music by Stormy Atmosphere
Today, we added to this website a page on a second Israelian band with a song inspired by The Master and Margarita: the band Stormy Atmosphere, with the song The Mennipeah.
05.12.2015 - Music by Desert
Last week, on the same day, we received two announcements of new rock songs inspired by The Master and Margarita. Coincidentally, they were both recorded by bands from Israel. Today, we added to this website a page on the first one: the band Desert, with the song Final Journey.
05.11.2015 - The Master and Margarita in the Netherlands
Stormvogels, the young theatre collective of seven actors who graduated together in 2014 at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, Netherlands, is ready to represent The Master and Margarita on stage.
04.11.2015 - Bulgakov returns to the Patriarch's Ponds
It looks like the Patriarch's Ponds in Moscow, where the story of The Master and Margarita begins, will finally get a monument to Bulgakov.
22.10.2015 - Square Bulgakov
Soon, you will be able to have your dates on the Square Mikhail Bulgakov in Moscow.
19.10.2015 - Music by Vinz Aquarian
Today we added to the website a page on the album Diavoleide, made by the Italian musician Vinz Aquarian.
18.10.2015 - Photo series by Marina Volodko
Today we added to the website a photo series based on The Master and Margarita, made by the Russian photographer Marina Volodko.
27.08.2015 - My Forgotten Year
Willam F. Jack, a retired professor of Russian literature from Minnesota, USA, wrote My Forgotten Year, a book in which The Master and Margarita plays an important role.
09.08.2015 - Bulgakov Map for smartphones
The Museum M.A. Bulgakov in Moscow published the Bulgakov Map, an app for smartphones. Despite some imperfections, it's a nice tool to explore the city of Mikhail Bulgakov.
28.07.2015 - Illustrations by Jan Persson
Today, we added to this website a page on the illustrations made by the Swedish artist Jan Persson for The Master and Margarita in 1995.
28.06.2015 - Music by After-Death Plan
Today, we added to this website a page on the song Master & Margarita, released by After-Death Plan.
20.06.2015 - The Master and Margarita on Broadway
American people, beware! For the megalomaniacal St. Petersburg musical Master i Margarita might come to Broadway.
18.06.2015 - The Master and Margarita in the Netherlands
Stormvogels is a Dutch theater collective which is collecting funds through crowdfunding to perform a theatre adaptation of The Master and Margarita in autumn.
17.06.2015 - Another animated film
Today we added to the website a new short animated film based on the story of The Master and Margarita, made by Aleksandra Pobrotyń, another student of the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology.
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 125th anniversary of the birth 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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