Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Classics Spin Has Chosen . . .

The result of the Classics Spin for me is The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. This book has been at the bottom of my TBR pile for several years. Yes, I've been a little intimidated by it. Now that fate, in the form of Classics Spin #9, has chosen this book, I'm cautiously optimistic about getting started. 

From the back cover:

"An audacious revision of the stories of Faust and Pontius Pilate, The Master and Margarita is recognized as one of the essential classics of modern Russian literature. The novel's vision of Soviet life in the 1930s is so ferociously accurate that it could not be published during its author's lifetime and appeared only in a censored edition in the 1960s. Its truths are so enduring that its language has become part of the common Russian speech.

One hot spring, the devil arrives in Moscow, accompanied by a retinue that includes a beautiful witch and an immense talking black cat with a fondness for chess and vodka. The visitors quickly wreak havoc in a city that refuses to believe in either God or Satan. But they also bring peace to two unhappy Muscovites: one is the Master, a writer pilloried for daring to write a novel about Christ and Pontius Pilate; the other is Margarita, who loves the Master so deeply that she is willing literally to go to hell for him. What ensues is a novel of inexhaustible energy, humor, and philosophical depth, a work whose nuances emerge for the first time in Diana Burgin's and Katherine Tiernan O' Connor's splendid English version."

Have you read The Master and Margarita?


  1. I want to read this at some point but, like you, find it intimidating. Maybe your experience will give me an extra push to get started. Good luck!

  2. I've always been a bit intimidated by this one LOL - I'd love to try it though.

  3. Ditto me on the intimidation factor and on its being at the bottom of my TBR pile!