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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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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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24.02.2019 - A Closer Walk With Behemoth

Today we added to this website a page about the project A Closer Walk With Behemoth by the jazz musicians Joris Caluwaerts and Elko Blijweert which was performed for the first time in Antwerp in February 2019.

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10.02.2019 - Jim Carrey as Woland?

The production house Makers Lab announced that Jim Carrey would play the role of Woland in the musical Master i Margarita.

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20.01.2019 - Devilish Satire

Today we added to this website a page on the BBC radio programme The Forum from January 3, 2019, about The Master and Margarita.

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17.01.2019 - Illustrations by Olga Levina

Today we added to this website a page dedicated to a series of illustrations for The Master and Margarita, made by the Russian artist Olga Levina.

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12.01.2019 - Music by Kristina Berts

Today we added to this website a page dedicated to the song Мастер и Маргарита [Master i Margarita], released by the Russian singer Kristina Berts on December 6, 2018.

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29.11.2018 - Statue unveils itself

Mikhail Bulgakov got a statue in Moscow, and his hero Filip Filippovich Preobrazhensky from the novella «Heart of a Dog» got one in Saint Peterburg.

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06.11.2018 - There's the statue!

On November 21, 2018, the city of Moscow will finally have a statue of Mikhail Bulgakov.

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28.10.2018 - Overdue podcast

Today, we added to the website a page on the podcast «Overdue», published by Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting from Philadelphia, presenting The Master and Margarita as one of «the books you've been meaning to read».

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03.10.2018 - New film plans... again

The well-known Russian film director Nikolai Lebedev would be preparing a new screen adaptation of The Master and Margarita.

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30.09.2018 - Bulgakovesque

Today we added to this website a page dedicated to the documentary Bulgakovesque by Anna Yurtaeva about the opponents of the work of Mikhail Bulgakov.

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28.09.2018 - New animated films

Today we added to this website two pages with new animated films based on The Master and Margarita from the Polish-Japanese Academy for Information Technology in Warsaw.

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27.09.2018 - Music by Musica ex Machina

Today we added to this website a page about the combined project of music and illustrations La notte che arrivò l’inverno by Francesco Frongia and Musica ex Machina. The work is based on The Master and Margarita.

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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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