Mikhail Bulgakov

Mikhail Bulgakov was a Russian writer and playwright best known for his novel 'The Master and Margarita,' a masterpiece of 20th-century literature that blends fantasy, political satire, and historical fiction. Born on May 15, 1891, in Kyiv, then part of the Russian Empire, Bulgakov initially trained as a doctor before turning to a career in writing. His works often featured elements of the grotesque, the supernatural, and sharp critiques of Soviet society, which led to much of his writing being censored or unpublished during his lifetime. Bulgakov passed away on March 10, 1940, but his legacy endures through his influential and imaginative literature.


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  1. 1. The Master and Margarita

    This novel is a complex narrative that weaves together three distinct yet intertwined stories. The first story is set in 1930s Moscow and follows the devil and his entourage as they wreak havoc on the city's literary elite. The second story is a historical narrative about Pontius Pilate and his role in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The third story is a love story between the titular Master, a writer who has been driven to madness by the criticism of his work, and his devoted lover, Margarita. The novel is a satirical critique of Soviet society, particularly the literary establishment, and its treatment of artists. It also explores themes of love, sacrifice, and the nature of good and evil.