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The Master and Margarita - Introduction

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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23.02.2020 - Music by Katy Kononova and MC TJ

Today we added to this website a page on the song Мастер и маргарита [Master i Margarita] by the Russian occasional duo Katy Kononova and MC TJ.

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22.02.2020 - Illustrations by Vyacheslav Zhelvakov

Today we added to this website a new page on the illustrations for The Master and Margarita made by the Russian artist Vyacheslav Zhelvakov.

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20.02.2020 - Music by Trails Don't Lie

Today we added to this website a new page on the song Master i Margarita, released by the Russian band Тропы не врут [Tropy ne vrut] or Trails Don't Lie. It sounds like Russian bards on speed.

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10.02.2020 - News from the movies

There is news about the screen adaptations of The Master and Margarita which are being prepared both in the United States and in Russia. But we do not know yet if there is any real progress.

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02.02.2020 - Illustrations by Jan Vanhellemont

Today we added to this website a page about the illustrations that your webmaster made for his recently published book about The Master and Margarita. It concerns 33 gouaches - one per chapter - that were made in December 2019 and January 2020.

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24.01.2020 - Our book in Dutch

Today we published the Dutch version of our book to commemorate the 80th anniversary of The Master and Margarita. With illustrations made by your webmaster.

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22.01.2020 - Illustrations by Julia Galkina

Today we added to this website a page about the illustrations for The Master and Margarita made by the Russian artist Julia Galkina.

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16.01.2020 - Illustrations by Andrey Vladimirovich Nikolaev

Today we added to this website a page about the illustrations for The Master and Margarita made by the Russian artist Andrey Vladimirovich Nikolaev (1922-2013).

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01.01.2020 - Book about the novel

Today we added to this website a page about the book we are publishing to commemorate the 80th anniversary of The Master and Margarita. With illustrations made by your webmaster.

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17.12.2019 - Illustrations by A.V. Rybyakov

Today we added to this website a page about the Russian illustrator A.V. Rybyakov who made a series of illustrations for the novel The Master and Margarita.

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11.12.2019 - Baz Luhrmann

Film producers Svetlana Migunova-Dali and Grace Loh have signed a partnership agreement with the well-known director Baz Luhrmann to film The Master and Margarita.

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19.11.2019 - Greeting cards

Your webmaster made three illustrations for The Master and Margarita, which have been printed in a limited edition on glossy greeting card paper, format 13 cm x 18 cm. They can be yours if you make an order in our web shop.

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23.09.2019 - Sequels of the novel

Today we added to this website a page on the various attempts which have been made to write a sequel of the novel The Master and Margarita. There are quite some!

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12.09.2019 - Animation film by Anya Conservi

Today we published on this website a page on a short animation movie of The Master and Margarita made by the Russian artist Anya Conservi.

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09.08.2019 - Comic strip by Eva Morgan

Today we published on this website a page on a short comic strip of The Master and Margarita made by the Russian artist Eva Morgan.

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17.07.2019 - The Curse of Woland

Today we published on this website a page on actors in Vladimir Bortko's TV-series Master i Margarita from 2005 who died unexpectedly. Kirill Lavrov, Valery Zolotukhin, Aleksander Abdulov, Vladislav Galkin... 15 deaths, 4 accidents, and still counting.

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07.07.2019 - Katariina Lillqvist

Today we published on this website a pilot of the animation film Mistr a Markétka by the Finnish director Katariina Lillqvist.

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28.06.2019 - The Mobile Art Theater

Would you like to combine a walk around Moscow while «viewing» the story of The Master and Margarita? The Studio Future History of writer Mikhail Zygar and journalist Karen Shahinyan launched the Mobile Art Theater application.

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09.06.2019 - Music by Claudia Vega

Today we added to this website a page about the song Master & Margarita, created by Claudia Vega, a Spanish singer living in London.

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02.06.2019 - TED Animation

Today we added a page to this website with the short animated movie Why You Should Read The Master and Margarita, created by Alex Gendler, an «educator» from TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design).

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21.03.2019 - New censorship laws in Russia

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed two new bills against «fake news» and «internet insults». By those laws, the Russian authorities can block websites and severely punish them for publishing information whicj the Kremlin does not like.

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14.03.2019 - Comic strip by Bill Morse

Today we added to this website a page on Bill Morse, an illustrator and cartoonist from Seattle, United States who made a one-page strip on The Master and Margarita.

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25.02.2019 - Theatre in the United States

Overview of the theater adaptations of The Master and Margarita in the United States in 2019.

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