I was teaching English very badlybarely coping with temperatures of C and fighting a losing battle with the Russian language. This book made me realise I was not going to give up. And that I really wanted to be able to talk to the people for whom this book was everything and to try to understand something about their lives.
History[ edit ] Mikhail Bulgakov was a playwright and author. He started writing the novel inbut burned the first manuscript inas he could not see a future as a writer in the Soviet Union at a time of widespread political repression. In the early s Bulgakov had visited an editorial meeting of an atheistic-propaganda journal.
He is believed to have drawn from this to create the Walpurgis Night ball of the novel. He wrote another four versions.
When Bulgakov stopped writing four weeks before his death inthe novel had some unfinished sentences and loose ends. A censored version, with about 12 percent of the text removed and more changed, was first published in Moskva magazine no.
Inthe publisher Posev Frankfurt printed a version produced with the aid of these inserts. In the Soviet Union, the first complete version, prepared by Anna Sahakyants, was published by Khudozhestvennaya Literatura in This was based on Bulgakov's last version, as proofread by the publisher.
This version remained the canonical edition until The last version, based on all available manuscripts, was prepared by Lidiya Yanovskaya. Plot summary[ edit ] The novel alternates between two settings.
The first is Moscow during the s, where Satan appears at the Patriarch Ponds in the guise of "Professor Woland ", a mysterious gentleman and "magician" of uncertain origin.
He arrives with a retinue that includes the grotesquely dressed valet Koroviev; the mischievous, gun-happy, fast-talking black cat Behemoth; the fanged hitman Azazello; and the female vampire Hella.
The association is made up of corrupt social climbers and their women wives and mistresses alikebureaucrats, profiteers, and, more generally, skeptics of the human spirit.
The second setting is the Jerusalem of Pontius Pilatedescribed by Woland in his conversations with Berlioz and later reflected in the Master's novel. This part of the novel concerns Pontius Pilate's trial of Yeshua Ha-Notsri, his recognition of an affinity with, and spiritual need for, Yeshua, and his reluctant but resigned submission to Yeshua's execution.
Part one of the novel opens with a direct confrontation between Berlioz, the atheistic head of the literary bureaucracy, and an urbane foreign gentleman Wolandwho defends belief and reveals his prophetic powers.
Berlioz brushes off the prophecy of his death, but dies pages later in the novel. The fulfillment of the death prophecy is witnessed by Ivan Ponyrev, a young and enthusiastically modern poet.
He writes poems under the alias Bezdomny "homeless". His futile attempts to capture the "gang", while warning of their evil and mysterious nature, lands Ponyrev in a lunatic asylum. There, he's introduced to the Master, an embittered author.
The rejection of his historical novel about Pontius Pilate and Christ has led the Master to such despair, that he burned his manuscript and turned his back on the world, including his devoted lover, Margarita.
Major episodes in the novel's first half include a satirical portrait of both the Massolit and their Griboyedov house; Satan's magic show at a variety theatre, satirizing the vanity, greed, and gullibility of the new elite; and Woland and his retinue taking over the late Berlioz's apartment for their own use.
Apartments were at a premium in Moscow and were controlled by the state's elite. Bulgakov referred to his own apartment as one of the settings in the Moscow section of the novel. Part two of the novel introduces Margarita, the Master's mistress.
She refuses to despair over her lover or his work. She is invited to the Devil's midnight ball, where Woland offers her the chance to become a witch with supernatural powers.
This takes place the night of Good Friday.
This is the time of the spring full moon, as it was traditionally when Christ's fate was affirmed by Pontius Pilate, sending him to be crucified in Jerusalem.
The Master's novel also covers this event. All three events in the novel are linked by this. Margarita enters naked into the realm of night, after she learns to fly, and control her unleashed passions.
She takes violent revenge on the literary bureaucrats who had condemned her beloved to despair. Margarita brings an enthusiastic maid, Natasha, with her to fly across the deep forests and rivers of the USSR.
She bathes and returns to Moscow with Azazello, her escort, as the anointed hostess for Satan's grand spring ball. Standing by his side, she welcomes the dark celebrities of human history as they arrive from Hell.
She survives this ordeal and, for her pains, Satan offers to grant Margarita her deepest wish.
She chooses to liberate a woman whom she met at the ball from the woman's eternal punishment. The woman had been raped and killed her resulting infant. Her punishment was to wake each morning and find the same handkerchief by which she had killed the child lying on her nightstand.Master and Margarita Religion is an ever-present theme in the novel Master and Margarita.
Many of the characters neither believe in heaven nor hell, and they also . Jun 14, · Master and Margarita () is a Menippean film based on the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bulgakov. Set in Moscow under Stalin and in Jerusalem under Pilate, it .
Apr 03, · Religious Imagery in The Master and Margarita? Maybe? but I'll just touch on The Master and Margarita that we started with today, as I'm enjoying that so far.) with the exception of in We with the One State religion concept. With The Master and Margarita, we now get that in a very unique and borderline whimsical manner.
Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, written between and , but unpublished but religion as well; so the Devil is put in the ticklish situation of visiting a and the Margarita —just like the Master in the story. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is considered one of the best and most highly regarded novels to come out of Russia during the Soviet era.
The book weaves together satire and realism, art and religion, history and contemporary social values.
It features three story lines. The. The Master and Margarita: Religion By: Marisa Iannelli, Victoria Madison, Julia Nemec, and Caitlynn Verzino Religious aspects are present in the Master and Margarita through the use of characters and a number of quotes throughout the novel.