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...
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.
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.
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 four most acclaimed movies and TV series based on the works of Bulgakov on DVD 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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