The Master And Margarita By Mikhail Bulgakov A Review

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The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov A review

Set in Moscow during the darkest period of Stalin's regime, in the
1930s after the Russian Revolution, The Master and Margarita is a
piece of literary alchemy. It is a fusion of Geothe's Faust, fragments
of autobiography, an alternative version of the crucifixion of Christ,
a tale of political repression and a meditation on the role of an
artist in a society bereft of freedom and individuality. The book does
not have a readily describable plot as the narrative structure is
intricate and complex, with several stories nestled in one; inside one
narrative there is another, and then another, and yet another. The
Master and Margarita begins by inter-weaving two apparently
unconnected tales and later introduces a third which unites the other
two narratives at the end.

The first narrative concerns a visit to Moscow (1930) by the devil in
the disguise as a professor of black magic, Professor Woland. Woland
and his infernal retinue, including a hit man with appalling dress
sense Koroviev, a vampire maid, Hella and a six foot black cat,
Behemoth who walks on his hind legs, drinks vodka and eats caviar,
wreck havoc and chaos in Moscow. They upset the literary world of
Moscow and disrupt the life of ordinary Muscovites by putting up a
black magic show. In the magic show, Woland showers the audience with
tempting gifts of money which later changes to strips of paper and
tempts the ladies with Parisian gowns and shoes which later disappear.
They succeed in comically befuddling an atheist Moscow which denies
the devil's existence with his supernatural feats, his predictions of
the future and his enigmatic stories of Pontius Pilate. First he
predicts that a noted editor Berlioz would be decapitated; when he is,
Woland appropriates his apartment. Woland and his retinue transport
one bureaucrat to Yalta, make another disappear entirely except his
suit and frighten several others so badly that they end up in a
lunatic asylum. Woland also throws a spectacular ball for the dead, an
annual event at the end of the trip.

The second narrative that runs concurrently with the first for most of
the book, rendered in a more somber, naturalistic style is an
enigmatic and startling different retelling of the Christian gospel
story of the last days of Jesus. It is set in ancient Jerusalem and
based around the encounter between Yeshua Ha-Nostri (Jesus) and
Pontius Pilate. Here, Pontius Pilate is a reluctant bureaucrat,
wrecked by migraines and is consumed with guilt at his own cowardice.
He is tormented by the fact that he did not prevent the crucifixion of
Christ at the trial and takes a strange interest in Yeshua's
ideologies. Here Yeshua is portrayed as an idealistic man who spouts
noble ideals of the nature of man and his disciple (Mathew the Levite)
is portrayed as an over zealous disciple who misinterprets Yeshua's
words and end up getting him into trouble with the Roman...

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