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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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05.09.2018 - Illustrations by Marcin Minor

Today we added to this website a page with illustrations for The Master and Margarita, made by the Polish artist Marcin Minor.

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05.08.2018 - The new theatre season 2018-2019

The summer is halfway, so traditionally the theatre companies start to announce their programmes for the coming season. Again, there are quite some new productions which have found their inspiration in The Master and Margarita.

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26.07.2018 - Music by The Slow Cooked Bears

Today we added to this website a page on the British rock band The Slow Cooked Bears and the demo of the song The Master and Margarita.

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25.07.2018 - Music by Karam Xavier

Today we added to this website a page on the American singer-songwriter Karam Xavier, who released the song Master and Margarita in November 2017.

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22.07.2018 - Music by Bern Herbolsheimer

Today we added to this website a page on Bern Herbolsheimer, an American composer who wrote The Master and Margarita, a sonata for cello and piano.

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21.07.2018 - Music by David Crandall

Today we added to this website a page on the soundtrack for the theatre play The Master and Margarita, written by the American composer David Crandall for the Annex Theatre in Baltimore in 2016.

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20.07.2018 - Music by David Ben Shannon

Today we added to this website a page on the soundtrack for the theatre play The Master and Margarita, written by the British composer David Ben Shannon for the Lodestar Theatre Company in Liverpool in 2013.

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19.07.2018 - Music by Artyom Samoylenko

Today we added to this website a page on the symphonic poem The Master and Margarita, written by the Ukrainian composer Artyom Samoylenko.

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17.07.2018 - New podcasts

Today we added three new pages to this website with podcasts about The Master and Margarita.

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03.07.2018 - Opera by Levente Gyöngyösi

Today we added to this website a page on the opera A mester és Margarita, written by the Romanian composer Levente Gyöngyösi (°1975).

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14.06.2018 - Bulgakov's March

Today we added to this website a page on the song Булгаковский марш [Bulgakovsky marsh] or The Bulgakov March by the Russia rock band Сплин  [Splean] - with lyrics from The Master and Margarita.

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31.05.2018 - Animated summary

Today we published on this website a video from the website mybook.ru with an animated summary of The Master and Margarita.

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17.03.2018 - Alexander Golberg Jero's film

Step by step, the plans of Alexander Golberg Jero to realise a computer-generated film version of Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita become more concrete.

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15.03.2018 - The Dream of Pontius Pilate

The Dream of Pontius Pilate is a musical piece written for symphonic orchestra and choir by the Bulgarian composer Stefan Dimitrov (°1949). It will have its world premiere on May 29, 2018 at the Bulgaria Hall in Sofia.

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10.02.2018 - Statue for Bulgakov - episode 302-bis

The saga of the statue of Bulgakov on the Patriarch pond continues because some are afraid of dark forces.

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17.01.2018 - Book on Bolshaya Sadovaya no. 10

Dimitry Oparin published Bolshaya Sadovaya 10. The history of a house in Moscow, told by its residents, an interesting book about the famous Pigit House in Moscow.

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15.01.2018 - New pages

In the last few months we have updated and expanded many pages of this website and added new pages.

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22.12.2017 - New film plans again

In Detroit, the Russia born Alexander Golberg Jero is working on a computer generated screen version of The Master and Margarita.

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12.12.2017 - Censorship in today's Russia

In The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov parodied more than once the custom of the Soviet regime to abbreviate the names of government services and functions, such as the terms MASSOLIT, findirektor or Dramlit. The current regime under Vladimir Putin has taken over this old custom.

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25.11.2017 - Sympathy for the Devil

Today we published on our website the animated video Sympathy for the Devil, which was made by the French director Aurélie Pollet for the European culture channel Arte, and which illuminates the relationship between the eponymous song by The Rolling Stones and The Master and Margarita.

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01.11.2017 - Statue for Bulgakov

Last week, the Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin has signed a decision to establish a statue for Mikhail Bulgakov in 2018.

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30.10.2017 - Władysław Kowalski died

Yesterday, the Polish actor Władysław Kowalski (1916-2017) died in Warsaw. We will especially remember him from director Maciej Wojtyszko’s Polish television series Mistrz i Małgorzata from 1990, in which he played the role of the master.

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12.10.2017 - Illustrations by Erika Latigan

Today we added to this website a page about the illustrations for The Master and Margarita made by the illustrator Erika Latigan.

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