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([personal profile] kill Dec. 26th, 2008 02:11 pm)
The Master and Margarita The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov


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rating: 4 of 5 stars
The last time that I read any Russian literature was in high school, and it was the better-knowns like Crime and Punishment or The Metamorphosis. My boyfriend studies Russian and came home with a recommendation for this, and I finally got around to reading it. Bulgakov is funny as hell (ha!) and I really enjoyed this story, which offered another side to the traditional feuding between the dark and light. I'm afraid I probably didn't understand its more nuanced parts, thanks to such little background in Russian history and a failure to know Faust, a strong influence on this work, but even in a solely entertainment-oriented way it was a dreamy, scary trip. A few times, I seriously found myself in that state of mind you get into when you read horror on a dark-and-stormy night, like, "Maybe this isn't such a good idea, given the likely impending nightmares."


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