An edition of Мастер и Маргарита (1966)

Мастер и Маргарита

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An edition of Мастер и Маргарита (1966)

Мастер и Маргарита

  • 4.18 ·
  • 71 Ratings
  • 382 Want to read
  • 24 Currently reading
  • 96 Have read

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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508

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Cover of: Мастер и Маргарита
Мастер и Маргарита
2015?, [publisher not identified]
paperback in Russian
Cover of: Il Maestro e Margherita
Il Maestro e Margherita: All'amico segreto / Lettera al governo dell'Urss
2015, Oscar Mondadori
paperback in Italian - Oscar classici. moderni 1991 Marzo (32)
Cover of: Мастер и Маргарита
Мастер и Маргарита
2015, AST
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Cover of: Mistrz i Małgorzata
Mistrz i Małgorzata
2012, Dom Wydawniczy "Rebis"
Paperback in Polish
Cover of: Мастер и Маргарита
Мастер и Маргарита
2009
paperback in Russian
Cover of: Мастер и Маргарита
Мастер и Маргарита
2006, EKSMO
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Мастер и Маргарита
1999, Grove Press
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The Master and Margarita
1995, Grove Press
paperback in English
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Мастер и Маргарита: roman
1994, "Sibirskai͡a kniga"
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Cover of: The Master and Margarita
The Master and Margarita
1972, Collins and Harvill Press/Fontana Books
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Series
Russkai͡a klassika
Copyright Date
2015

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
508 pages
Number of pages
508

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Open Library
OL40206181M
Internet Archive
masterimargarita0000bulg_v5w5
ISBN 10
5170878842
ISBN 13
9785170878840
OCLC/WorldCat
940996294
Goodreads
63279270

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At the sunset hour of one warm spring day two men were to be seen at Patriarch's Ponds.
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