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Free download ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ã Mikhail Bulgakov Free download Û Мастер и Маргарита 107 Mikhail Bulgakov ã 7 Characters The first complete annotated English Translation of Mikhail Bulgakov's comic masterpieceAn audacious revision of the stories of Faust and Pontius Pilate The Master and Margarita is recognized as one of the essential classics of modern Russian literature The novel's vision of Soviet life in the 1930s is so ferociously accurate that it could not be published during its author's lifetime and appeared only in a censo. I m staying home from work today sick to the extreme and it s only in that uniue feverish clarity that comes with illness that I dare to even try to write about this bookThis is THE book The one that all the other books are measured against The one that I ve read times since I was twelve than the number of books some people I know have read in their entire lives The one from which I ve memorized entire passages This is it the golden standard the masterpiece the unattainable perfection of literature I m not even being sarcastic I mean every single word of this praise What would your good be doing if there were no evil and what would the earth look like if shadows disappeared from it After all shadows are cast by objects and people There is the shadow of my sword But there are also shadows of trees and living creatures Would you like to denude the earth of all the trees and all the living beings in order to satisfy your fantasy of rejoicing in the naked light You are a foolWhat is this book about I wish it were easy to tell in one smartly constructed sentence but luckily it s not It is a story of Woland the Satan coming to Moscow with his retinue and wrecking absolute havoc over three long and oppressively hot summer days It is a story of Pontius Pilate the euestrian the son of the astrologist king the last fifth Procurator of Judea who has achieved the dreaded immortality due to a single action or rather INaction and wishes nothing than for it to not have happened It is a story of love between two very lonely people It is a scaldingly witty story about the oppressive nature of early Stalin days and the rampant Soviet bureaucracy It is a phantasmagorical story of the supernatural and the mythical It has elements of humorous realism romanticism and mysticism It is all of the above and much As doctors the same profession that Bulgakov belonged to by the way we are taught to look for the bigger picture the synthesis of facts the overall impression the so called gestalt Well the gestalt here is it s a true masterpiece Manuscripts do not burn Bulgakov wrote this book over a period of 11 12 years freuently abandoning it coming back to it destroying the manuscripts rewriting it abandoning it coming back to it He wrote it during the times when the reaction to such novels would have been the same as Woland has when hearing Master say he wrote a novel about Pontius Pilate About what about what About whom said Woland having stopped laughing In these times It s amazing And you couldn t find a different subjectIn these times 1930s were the time of Stalin s rule the waves of Purges the paranoia of one powerful man sweeping the country the denunciations the lies the terror the fear the accusations the senseless arrests the nondescript black cars pulling up to the apartment buildings in the middle of the night and leaving with people who would not be heard from ever again This was a suffocating atmosphere and the only way Bulgakov survived it was that he for reasons unknown enjoyed the whimsical favor of the tyrant This fear is everywhere on every single page From the poor unfortunate Berlioz in the early chapters who without much hesitation is about to contact the authorities to report about a suspicious foreigner to the unnamed people conducting the investigation of the strange Moscow events and puling the victims in for uestioning to Rimskiy sending Varenukha with a packet of information for the right people to Master s terrifying and unheard story starting with them knocking on his window and ending with him broken in the mental institution The fear is everywhere thinly veiled And yet it is never named even once the name of those causing the fear never alluded to no need for it it s obvious anyway and besides there s that age long superstition about not naming the name of evil which funnily in this novel is definitely NOT the Devil Only Margarita has the guts to ultimately ask Do you want to arrest me You re not Dostoevsky said the citizeness who was getting muddled by Koroviev Well who knows who knows he replied Dostoevsky s dead said the citizeness but somehow not very confidently I protest Behemoth exclaimed hotly Dostoevsky is immortalThe sharp satire of the contemporary to Bulgakov Soviet life of 1930s is wonderful ranging from deadpan observations to witty remarks to absolute and utter slapstick that of course involving the pair of Korovyev and Behemoth It can be sidesplittingly funny one second and in the next moment become painfully sad and very depressing Not surprisingly in the Russian tradition humor and sadness have always walked hand in hand therefore for instance Russian clowns are the saddest clowns in the entire universe trust me This funny sadness manages to evoke the widest spectrum of emotional responses from me every single time I read this book never ever failing at this The only thing that he said was that he considers cowardice to be among the worst human vicesThis book is not only the hilariously sad commentary on the realities of Bulgakov s contemporary society it is also a shrewd commentary on the never changing nature of humanity itself The humanity that Woland wanted to observe in the Variety theatre until he came to the sad but true conclusion that not much changed in them The cowardice the vice that Pilate feels Yeshua Ha Nozri was implicitly accusing him of The greed and love of money leading to heinous crimes like treason and deceit and treachery The egoism and vanity and self absorption just think of the talentless poet Ryukhin s anger at the seemingly lucky circumstances of Pushkin s fame the close mindedness and complacency the hate and bickering This is all there sadly exposed and gently or sometimes not that gently condemned The conseuences of this humanity shown in their extreme think of Ryukhin s craving for immortality and Pilate s terror at facing it And yet we see one bright light of a redeeming uality in the mankind the one that makes even Woland cringe mercy Just think of people s reactions in the scene with George Bengalsky s head Master freeing Pilate from centuries of doom and most touchingly of all Margarita s unforgettable and selfless act of mercy towards Frieda All that makes us not ashamed of being human All that makes us worthy not of the light the naked light that Woland so derisively talked about but of peace Just peace The one who loves must share the fate of the one he lovesI love this book love it than I could ever hope to express in words I can write endless essays about each chapter approach it from each imaginable angle analyze each one precisely and masterfully crafted phrase I could do it for days and yet still not pay due respect to this incredible work of art Because it has the best kind of immortality Because its depth is unrivaled Because it is the work of an incredible genius And so I will stop my feeble attempts to do it justice and instead will remain behind like the needled memory of poor Professor Ponyrev formerly Ivanushka Bezdomny Master s last and only pupil left to remember the unbelievable that he once witnessed and that broke his heart and soul And I will finish with the lines from this novel that I had memorized back when I was twelve just as awed by this book as I am now the words that seem to pale when translated from their native Russian into English alas And master s memory the restless needled memory began to fade Someone was setting master free just like he himself set free the hero he created This hero left into the abyss left irrevocably forgiven on the eve of Sunday son of astrologer king the cruel fifth Procurator of Judea euestrian Pontius Pilate

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Free download ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ã Mikhail Bulgakov Free download Û Мастер и Маргарита 107 Mikhail Bulgakov ã 7 Characters Red edition in the 1960s Its truths are so enduring that its language has become part of the common Russian speechOne hot spring the devil arrives in Moscow accompanied by a retinue that includes a beautiful naked witch and an immense talking black cat with a fondness for chess and vodka The visitors uickly wreak havoc in a city that refuses to believe in either God or Satan But they also bring peace to two unhap. Soviet Ghost StoriesStories stories all is stories political stories religious stories scientific stories even stories about stories We live inside these stories Like this one in The Master and Margarita The story that we can or less agree upon we call reality But is it realStory making and telling is what we do as human beings Through stories we create meaning out of thin air in the same way that plants create their food from light and usually with about the same level of casual unconsciousness We then learn to share meaning and thereby create language and societies We call this culture and have little idea what it means or how it worksWhat happens when stories particularly stories about stories are inhibited or forbidden The most important result society goes mad And that part of society which becomes most mad is that of the professional story tellers who because they are the carriers of the essential human and cultural talent become less than human They are unable to tell the stories needed by the rest of us and enter a dream like state of inexplicability and meaninglessness The Master and Margarita is obviously a satire a purposeful distortion of language to demonstrate its corrupt use It is also obviously meant to recall the necessity for religious stories in a society that has degraded and mocked them But for me the book is less about the corruption of Soviet society and its attitude toward the Christian religion and about the even fundamental beliefs that are the unspoken tenets of story telling that is to say the philosophy of literature In an important sense literature is indistinguishable from religion Religion cannot exist without it but it is likely that literature could exist without religion Literature precedes religion Bulgakov notices this in his story of Christ before Pilate These good people the prisoner began hastily added Hegemon and continued learnt nothing and muddled up all I said In general I m beginning to worry that this muddle will continue for a very long time And all because he records what I say incorrectly This is a direct attack on the veracity of the gospel of Matthew Bulgakov here implicitly contrasts religion against literature in his expanded and reinterpreted version of the biblical story of Jesus s condemnation and death and he comes down decisively for literature as the fundamental mode of thinking The only thing beyond a text is another textThis is not to say that literature should cause trouble for religion The use of language is itself a religious experience even when it is used to parody religion as in Bulgakov s Communion of Sinners Ball and demonic Eucharist Literature conseuently exists as a spiritual and social rather than a material and merely sensory process Materialism of a Marxist Capitalist Scientific or any other sort tells a story that cannot account for where its story comes from Its causes cannot be enumerated and accounted for Such a story is deficient and incompleteStories do not appear to be in nature but they do comment upon nature It is not inaccurate to say that they come from elsewhere And it is this elsewhere that is both the source and guarantor of the integrity of the stories that get told Without the existence of this infinitely fecund elsewhere the realm of the spirit there is no way to verify the stories we tell ourselves As Bulgakov has a psychiatrist point out to one writer People can go around telling all sorts of stories But you don t have to believe everything It is this spiritual elsewhere that Bulgakov has intruding on and disrupting Russian civil society In time honoured fashion the intruders are portrayed as devils who are able to exploit the presumptuous conceits of this society especially those of the literary elite of the MASSOLIT the state run literary guild It is the writers who sense this intrusion first and it is they who are uite properly driven mad or to their death by it Bulgakov s demonic characters are up front in their challenge to cultural reality They make a reductio ad absurdum by denying the reality of language and the society and the culture associated with it The seductive mystics lie there are no Caribbean Seas on earth and desperate filibusters do not sail them and a corvette does not give chase and cannon smoke does not spread above the waves There is nothing and never was there anything either This challenge of course passes over the heads of the Soviet CitizenryFrom the writers the plague induced by constrained and distorted story telling spreads to minor government officials The local housing officer is the first casualty and he instinctively recognises the problem Comrades We ve got unclean spirits in our building And he s right the spiritual cannot be excluded only deformed by telling a story that denies the spirit Such denial is patently a confirmation of what is being deniedIt is through entertainment 1930 s stage vaudeville that the condition is spread through the wider population The presumably hidden or at least repressed culture of Soviet consumer society is shown for what it is impressed as deeply as in any capitalist society by the linguistic distortions of brand names and wealth without purpose The watching mass has no idea that it is being shown itself literally exposed in all its mendacious cupidityEven love ultimately the cohesive force of marriage and family as well as society is a product of language It appears from that spiritual elsewhere as a murderer leaps out from under the ground in a side street for the Master Love may start with a look but it doesn t progress beyond fantasy unless the look is the beginning of a shared story interpreted by Margarita as an eternally fated event The object that keeps them together while apart is of course the manuscript of the Master s book an alternative gospelIf the medieval troubadours are not enough evidence of the cultural determination of the meaning of love surely the varieties of love articulated in Shakespeare s Sonnets and accepted by generations since clinch the case Any society that attempts to limit what love in all its variants might mean is doomed by its own contradictions and not just the Soviet variety But it is Bulgakov s conception of divine love that I find the most disturbing aspect of the pieceAny theologically aware person must at some point confront the problem of evil Evil demands a story The monotheistic religions subscribe to the story line that not only the Creator but his creation are good How then does the obvious evil in the world come about The existence of evil is typically explained with one of several largely inadeuate theories Evil is a spontaneous development of a rebellious force against the goodness of God and His works Evil is not an autonomous force but merely the localised absence of the divine within creation Evil is actually inherent in a world that was formed by a subsidiary godThis last theory has a number of designations but is usually associated with the third century CE Persian Mani So called Manichaeism is the perennial thinking persons solution to the problem of evil since it accounts for the available facts of life without the need to invent a number of uestionable metaphysical entities It needs only one such beast the flawed demiurge a satanic figure who made a few mistakes in the way he shaped the cosmos and we have been dealing with the conseuences ever sinceIt becomes apparent in The Master and Margarita that Bulgakov rejects all the classical theological explanations for evil especially Manichaeism But the resulting theology is not easy to digest He suggests that what appears as evil the work of Satan in the world is in fact the disguised work of God Bulgakov s contemporary Carl Jung termed this the Shadow and conceived it as an integral part of the divine In The Master and Margarita Bulgakov echoes Jung exactly in Satan s criticism of the evangelist Matthew Would you be so kind as to give a little thought to the uestion of what your good would be doing if evil did not exist and how the earth would look if the shadows were to disappear from it After all shadows come from objects and peopleIn other words God is Satan Satan is God And GodSatan cannot be avoided or escaped Even within evil God is present He is present among the atrocious evil doers of his demonic ball among the crass bureaucrats and proletarian graspers in the audience of the Black Magician among the scammers and players of the system who try to get one up on their fellow citizens in Pilate and in Judas And presumably God is present and active therefore within and through Soviet society despite official protestations to the contrary The idea of Soviet Moscow as Paradise Lost is perhaps the greatest ironytruth that Bulgakov expresses in the bookOf course Bulgakov does not make a theological argument He tells a story But in this story Satan as well as his devoted angels transform suddenly into their opposites caring agents of human well being then into clownish Loki or Coyote trinitarian figures whose function is to play the fool with social institutions There is no logic that can capture this divine turnaround from evil to love and play But there is a narrative in which it can be described and on the basis of that description be believed Bulgakov s techniue as well as the substance of his story is not very different from for example the story of Exodus in which the God of Israel both allows the imprisonment of his people and then saves them from the situation he allowed to happen The story also presents an alternative account of creation itself as a text produced and protected by Adam and Eve a couple which is bound together by it Going beyond biblical bounds religion itself is accounted for by the Master the new Adam Of course when people have been completely pillaged like you and me they seek salvation from a preternatural force And he is immediately corrected by Margarita the new Eve with eminent practicality Preternatural or not preternatural isn t it all the same I m hungry The theme almost a running joke is clear The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away Blessed be the Name of the Lord The situation is dire but not hopeless Exile from the Garden means freedom as well as toil This is a theme that demands great faith to assert More than I have had at times certainly

Mikhail Bulgakov ã 7 Characters

Free download ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ã Mikhail Bulgakov Free download Û Мастер и Маргарита 107 Mikhail Bulgakov ã 7 Characters Py Muscovites one is the Master a writer pilloried for daring to write a novel about Christ and Pontius Pilate; the other is Margarita who loves the Master so deeply that she is willing literally to go to hell for him What ensues is a novel of inexhaustible energy humor and philosophical depth a work whose nuances emerge for the first time in Diana Burgin's and Katherine Tiernan O'Connor's splendid English versio. Sympathy for the Devil His name is God Not Lucifernot Satanbut GodSatan is God in a bad mood God in a bad mood lays our souls to waste As heads is tales Just call me LUCIFER cop is to criminal as God is to Lucifer God in a good mood plays games with us What s confusing you is just THE NATURE OF MY GAME This song has a direct tie to the book the Master and the Margarita is about all the history tragedies with points throughout time The man he is describing is the devilThe devil is asking for sympathy because he claims the reason he is not to blame is because the devil does not make you do anything He simply sets the stage which is the nature of his game Look up those points in time You should know most of them from history Someone said His name the devil humanity A masterful song for a masterpiece Please allow me to introduce myselfI m a man of wealth and tasteI ve been around for a long long yearStole many a man s soul to wasteAnd I was round when Jesus ChristHad his moment of doubt and painMade damn sure that PilateWashed his hands and sealed his fatePleased to meet youHope you guess my nameBut what s puzzling youIs the nature of my gameI stuck around St PetersburgWhen I saw it was a time for a changeKilled the czar and his ministersAnastasia screamed in vainI rode a tankHeld a general s rankWhen the blitzkrieg ragedAnd the bodies stankPleased to meet youHope you guess my nameAh what s puzzling youIs the nature of my gameI watched with gleeWhile your kings and ueensFought for ten decadesFor the gods they madeLet me please introduce myselfI m a man of wealth and tasteAnd I laid traps for troubadoursWho get killed before they reached BombayPleased to meet youHope you guessed my nameWho whoBut what s puzzling youIs the nature of my game get down babyPleased to meet youHope you guessed my nameBut what s confusing youIs just the nature of my gameJUST AS EVERY COP IS A CRIMINAL AND ALL THE SINNERS SAINTS AS HEADS IS TAILSJUST CALL ME LUCIFERCause I m in need of some restraintSo if you meet meHave some courtesyHave some sympathy and some tasteUse all your well learned politesseOr I ll lay your soul to wastePleased to meet youHope you guessed my nameBut what s puzzling youIS THE NATURE OF MY GAME mean it get down Tell me baby what s my nameTell me honey can you guess my nameTell me baby what s my name tell you one time YOU ARE TO BLAME

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  • Мастер и Маргарита
  • Mikhail Bulgakov
  • English
  • 15 July 2019
  • 9780679760801