"My favorite novel -it's just the greatest explosion of imagination, craziness, satire, humor, and heart." Daniel Radcliffe.
The devil with his retinue, a poet incarcerated in a mental institution for speaking the truth, and a startling re-creation of the story of Pontius Pilate, constitute the elements out of which Mikhail Bulgakov wove The Master and Margarita, the unofficial masterpiece of twentieth-century Soviet fiction. Long suppressed in its native land, this account of strange doings in Moscow in the 1930s provides us with the essence of the sceptical, trenchant, unadulterated voice of dissent
Bulgakov spent more than ten years working on this novel knowing that it could never be published (the full text was not published in Moscow until 33 years after the author's death). This is a truly subversive novel. It is a dazzling construction of three different stories, told in different tones, overlapping and intersecting each other to create a dense, sometimes bewildering, fantasy. To summarize the plot: in Judea Pontius Pilate is faced with interrogating a Jewish rabbi while in Moscow the Devil has arrived, accompanied by a large black cat who proves a poor shot with an automatic... A marvellous, magical book. (Kirkus UK)