This book was added to my reading list from a list calling it “one of the best novels of the 20th century”…. I was intrigued. I had never heard of this book or the author. I was also a little worried – there’s only so much Russian literature you can read in a year without blowing your yearly reading goal.
Take everything you assume about Russian literature and throw it out the window when you decide to read The Master & Margarita by Michael Bulgakov. I was completely surprised that it was written in the 1940s because it seemed much more contemporary. I get the feeling that Bulgakov wrote this book as the antithesis to then current Russian literature censorship. Because of his widow’s persistence to get this published long after his death, we are able to benefit from his rebellion and we have other works of art, like the Rolling Stone’s Sympathy for the Devil, that were influenced by this work.
I really enjoyed reading this one even if the elements about the Stalinist regime were over my head. It’s a magical, imaginative, fantastic read.