Михаил Булгаков

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Bulgakov finished his masterpiece The Master and Mar-garita just before he died - well... he almost did. Some loose ends or antagonisms in the storyboard are sho-wing that the author died a little too early.

But it is, by far, one of the best novels ever written. And perhaps it's exactly those imperfections which give the book its unique charm. Because, once you start reading it, you lose your strength to resist. You let it drag you into a world which lasts forever and on which Bulgakov worked for twelve years He knew how to interweave the tragics of his infested fatherland with those of his personal life as a writer who was not allowed to write. The first publication of this work in western Europa in 1966 made him world-famous in one go.

Today Bulgakov is seen as one of the best Russian writers ever, and The Master and Margarita is still the most popular novel in Russia. In a survey in September 2009, the ranking of the best books was headed by The Master and Margarita. It was mentioned by 16% of those interrogated, way before the others. For 7% of Russians the best book was Lev Tolstoy’s War and Peace, while Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was the best book for 3% of the Russians. It is interesting to see that Mikhail Bulgakov subjugated the hearts of all generations of Russians, whereas the works of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky were more frequently mentioned by respon-dents older than 35 years.

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