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About the Author
Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) grew up and was educated in Kiev. He practiced medicine but soon turned to journalism and writing. He struggled persistently for artistic freedom but was frustrated by the Soviet censorship. "In the last seven years," he wrote to a friend in 1937, "I have created sixteen works in various genres, and they have all been slain."
"A wild surrealistic romp. . . . Brilliantly flamboyant and outrageous." --Joyce Carol Oates, The Detroit News "This dark, absurd, and subversive treasure lay hidden for many years, even after Bulgakov's death, such was the fear of reprisal for such a pointed, authentic stab at life under the tyrannical malevolence of Uncle Joe and the withering Soviet climate of the time." --Johnny Depp, "My Essentials" in Entertainment Weekly's "Best of the Decade" issue (December 11, 2009) "Fine, funny, imaginative . . . . The Master and Margarita stands squarely in the great Gogolesque tradition of satiric narrative." --Saul Maloff, Newsweek "The book is by turns hilarious, mysterious, contemplative and poignant. . . . A great work." --Chicago Tribune "Magnificent . . . a gloriously ironic gothic masterpiece . . . had me rapt with bliss." --Patrick McGrath, Guardian (UK) "Funny, devilish, brilliant satire . . . It's literature of the highest order and . . . it will deliver a full measure of enjoyment and enlightenment." --Publishers Weekly "A rich, funny, moving and bitter novel . . . . Vast and boisterous entertainment." --The New York Times "A classic of twentieth-century fiction." --The New York Times Book Review