The Master and Margarita
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY WILL SELF. The devil makes a personal appearance in Moscow accompanied by various demons, including a naked girl and a huge black cat. When he leaves, the asylums are full and the forces of law and order in disarray. Only the Master, a man devoted to truth, and Margarita, the woman he loves, can resist the devil's onslaught.
'A masterpiece - a classic of twentieth-century fiction' New York Times 20021018
"This book is absorbing, brilliant slapstick, and looks deep in to the heart of fantasy and longing" Sunday Times "Stunning, superb...Bulgakov is one of the greatest Russian writers, perhaps the greatest" Independent
Mikhail Bulgakov (1891 - 1940) was born and educated in Kiev where he graduated as a doctor in 1916. He rapidly abandoned medicine to write some of the greatest Russian literature of this century. After a lifetime at odds with the stultifying Soviet regime, he died impoverished and blind in 1940, shortly after completing his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita. None of his major fiction was published during his lifetime.