In one of my earlier blogs today I briefly mentioned Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita. It is one of my favorite books. I thought about writing a review of it, but truth be told it is a complicated book and I read it several years ago. I searched the internet and found a pretty comprehensive overview of it. What is really great about the above overview is that at the bottom it provides links to even more information about the book. There are some spoilers in this overview, but a book this original, where so much of the magic comes from the world that the author creates, I don’t believe spoilers apply in the way they do to most books.
The book is a complex and fascinating read. It is partially set in Moscow in the 30’s when many people were “disappearing”. It is part fantasy, part political satire, full of dark humor, and at times creates scenes of chilling horror. Any book that features Satan and a talking cat as two of the main characters is not going to be your typical novel. If you love the power of language, poetry, and how words can impart strong images on the imagination, than this is a book that you will love. And although the two authors are very different, I think anyone that likes the dark humor and haunted language of someone like Flannery O’Connor will also love this book. There is really no way that I can do this book justice. It is one of those reads that simply must be experienced in full. A truly unique and captivating read, and an absolute masterpiece of literature.