The Master and Margarita by Mikhail BulgakovThe first complete, annotated English Translation of Mikhail Bulgakovs comic masterpiece.
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 The novels vision of Soviet life in the 1930s is so ferociously accurate that it could not be published during its authors lifetime and appeared only in a censored edition in the 1960s.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 naked 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 in exhaustible energy, humor, and philosophical depth, a work whose nuances emerge for the first time in Diana Burgins and Katherine Tiernan OConnors splendid English version.
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Vladimir Bortko directed this adaptation and was also its screenwriter. The series tagline is "Manuscripts do not burn! This was Bortko's second attempt to make a screen adaptation of Bulgakov's masterpiece. In he had already been solicited by the Kino-Most film studio, associated with competing channel NTV ; but at the last moment Kino-Most did not reach an agreement with Sergei Shilovsky, grandson of Mikhail Bulgakov's third wife Elena Sergeevna Shilovskaya, the self-declared owner of the copyrights. In , Telekanal Rossiiya reached an agreement with Shilovsky.
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Although the film was made in , it was not released until April 4, , and played only in Russia. Despite its large budget and a well-known cast, the producers decided not to release it because they found the director's cut to be unacceptable. The soundtrack, recorded by Alfred Schnittke , was released on CD. When journalist Valeriy Kitshin of the Rossiyskaya Gazeta saw the film in a private screening at the Moscow International Film Festival in , he tried to convince the producers to release it. However, Sergey Shilovsky, the grandson of Mikhail Bulgakov's third wife Elena Sergeevna, claimed to have the copyright on Bulgakov's literary inheritance, and asked for payment.
Woland proceeds to harass the Moscow intelligentsia with his motley retinue—which includes, famously, an enormous, gun-toting, vodka-swilling cat—and generally causes surrealist and hilarious havoc in the name of political and social satire. But who will play Woland? And Margarita herself? Well, in case the producers are asking themselves these questions, I have suggestions. Like any Russian novel worth its salt, there are many characters—too many to cast here—but this should get us all started.