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I have heard it excellent and look forward to it.
Reading Heart of a Dog some months ago, I got the same feeling as sandfly; it was funny, but I felt I missed out on some parts of it (I guess especially the satire bits can be hard to get).
I have bought some other books by Bulgakov (e.g. White Guard), but haven't had the chance to read them yet.
I think I've read it about 4 times, in 3 different translations. I first read the Michael Glenny translation; then, the Mirra Ginsburg version published by Grove. I thought the Ginsburg translation was noticeably better than the Glenny. Finally, I read the more recent translation (1995) by Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O'Connor, and I think this one is the best of the three. (Note I do not know Russian, so I can't speak as to the accuracy of the translation, just its style and readability.) So this is the translation I'd recommend. It's published by Vintage. (I'm not familiar with the translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky, so can't comment on that one.)
I haven't read M&M in several years. I think it's time to add it to my reading queue again.
I've just finished re-reading The Master and Margarita and it is hard to say much, other than it is worth anybody's time reading or re-reading it.
I'd second MaggieO's recommendation of the Mirra Ginsburg translation. Much better than the
Glenny. I'll have to look at the Burgin/O'Connor
I had the Mirra Ginsburg translation of Master and The Margarita in my shelf for years, reading the first few pages from time to time and giving up.
A blogger clued me in to the Glenny translation here.
Unfortunately, it's out of print in the US. I got the Everyman hardcover edition for Christmas via Ebay.
My favorite Bulgakov work is actually a Country Doctor's Notebook, which are his harrowing accounts of his practicing medicine in the Russian countryside. Published by Harvill, also translated by Michael Glenny.
Landmarks: The Master and Margarita http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s7c2y
One evening in Moscow, the Devil appears in town. He travels with a band of demons including a beautiful naked woman and a huge talking black cat, to torment and deceive the town.
In a Night Waves: Landmark, Anne McElvoy and guests turn their attentions to Mikhail Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita.
Bulgakov created a love story that was a metaphor for his own life. The Master of the title is a writer hounded by the authorities, whose lover Margarita makes a pact with the devil to save him. The book was written in secret in 1930s Russia, a love story that reflected Bulgakov's own life - his love affair with his third wife Yelena, the underlying fear and violence of Soviet Russia, and the power of the critic as a political tool. Bulgakov's novel remained secret for a quarter of a century after his death and wasn't fully published in Russia until 1973.
To discuss The Master and Margarita, Anne is joined by the novelist A.S Byatt, journalist and author James Meek, Bulgakov's biographer Julie Curtis and the actor Anton Lesser.
BBC Radio 3, 9:15pm Monday 3rd May 2010
10:02pm Monday 10th May 2010
Damn....this is like the books of Gasprom Oligarchs, not regular mortals :(
Then again....take Easton Press...they have a Lincoln Collection for about $1000...although you do get a few books for that price.
Just wanted to share I guess....if you have $1500 laying around with nothing to buy, you might consider buying this. If you got mortgage payments to meet, then forget it.
#5 ~ I really liked White Guard. I listed it once as my favorite Bulgakov and I got a message from someone saying, "Really?! White Guard?!" and I had to admit, it maybe wasn't my favorite but it doesn't get mentioned very often and it's such a wonderful novel, it needs to be touted more often. I also loved Heart of a Dog and Fatal Eggs but I was pretty neutral about Black Snow and I haven't read A Country Doctor's Notebook but it's on my wishlist.
Supposedly, there's an eastern euro. film of M & M.
#25 ~ I have read about that as well. I checked netflix but it wasn't there and that's as far as my search went.
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