Curator Reviews

Eugene Hutz

A novel of undying power where the system, the rebel, and the esoteric interact in the most innovative way. Good guys lose, but get something more precious than a victory instead. Written in the years of the catastrophic formation of soviet system — but relevant forever.

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I read it first as an 18-year old and, just like a meteor from a distant galaxy, it hit my tender young brain and dug its way deep into its gray material. It has nestled there ever since, radiating with beauty and wonder, irony and horror. This autumn I visited the ground zero of The Master and Margarita, the famous Patriarch Ponds in Moscow where Lucifer himself, in the guise of the Professor Woland, makes his first appearance in the book and sets the whole story in motion. For a second I wondered if he would come for me too. But then I remembered that Old Nick owned my soul already, having given it as a toy to Bulgakov all those years ago.

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Marlon James

Nude vampires, a gun-toting talking black cat, and devil as ultimate party starter aside, the miracle of this novel is that every time you read it, it's a different book.

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Eileen Myles

Bulgakov’s suffering under censorship yielded this sparkling novel in which Pontius Pilate shares space with a giant floating black cat, and elsewhere a man confined to a mental hospital for political reasons probably dreamed up the whole thing.

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