Cover of: Мастер и Маргарита by Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov
An edition of Мастер и Маргарита (1966)

Мастер и Маргарита


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An edition of Мастер и Маргарита (1966)

Мастер и Маргарита


880-03 Chu ban.
  • 4.03 ·
  • 36 Ratings
  • 194 Want to read
  • 12 Currently reading
  • 50 Have read
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The battle of competing translations, a new publishing phenomenon which began with One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, now offers two rival American editions of Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. Mirra Ginsburg's (Grove Press) version is pointedly grotesque: she delights in the sharp, spinning, impressionistic phrase. Her Bulgakov reminds one of the virtuoso effects encountered in Zamyatin and Babel, as yell as the early Pasternak's bizarre tale of Heine in Italy. Translator Michael Glenny, on the other hand, almost suggests Tolstoy. His (Harper & Row) version is simpler, softer, and more humane. The Bulgakov fantasy is less striking here, but less strident, too. Glenny: ""There was an oddness about that terrible day...It was the hour of the day when people feel too exhausted to breathe, when Moscow glows in a dry haze..."" Ginsburg: ""Oh, yes, we must take note of the first strange thing...At that hour, when it no longer seemed possible to breathe, when the sun was tumbling in a dry haze..."" In any case, The Master and Margarita, a product of intense labor from 1928 till Bulgakov's death in 1940, is a distinctive and fascinating work, undoubtedly a stylistic landmark in Soviet literature, both for its aesthetic subversion of ""socialist realism"" (like Zamyatin, Bulgakov apparently believed that true literature is created by visionaries and skeptics and madmen), and for the purity of its imagination. Essentially the anti-scientific, vaguely anti-Stalinist tale presents a resurrected Christ figure, a demonic, tricksy foreign professor, and a Party poet, the bewildered Ivan Homeless, plus a bevy of odd or romantic types, all engaged in socio-political exposures, historical debates, and supernatural turnabouts. A humorous, astonishing parable on power, duplicity, freedom, and love.

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Master and Margarita
2019, Macmillan Collector's Library
Hardcover in English
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Master and Margarita
2018, Alma Classics
Paperback in English - Revised edition
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The Master and Margarita
2016, Penguin Books
Paperback in English - Pocket Penguin edition (007)
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Il maestro e Margherita
2016-03, Feltrinelli
paperback in Italian - Settima ed.
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Il Maestro e Margherita: All'amico segreto / Lettera al governo dell'Urss
2015, Oscar Mondadori
paperback in Italian - Oscar classici. moderni 1991 Marzo (32)
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Le maître et Marguerite: roman
2012-01, R. Laffont
Paperback in French
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Мастер и Маргарита: 大師與瑪格麗特
2009-04, Jiu jing chu ban, Kou ying gong si jing xiao
Paperback in Chinese - 880-03 Chu ban.
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Master and Margarita
2008, Publisher not identified
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Der Meister und Margarita
2006-09, Sammlung Luchterhand
Paperback in German - 2. Auflage
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Мастер и Маргарита
2000, Ėksmo-Press
Paperback in Russian

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490 p.
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