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Book Group: Mikhail Bulgakov, ‘the Mas…ter & margarita’

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It was wonderful to see those of you who could make it on Tuesday to our discussion of Mikhail Bulgakov’s ‘The Master & Margarita’. As ever, the choice was a somewhat controversial one, with some of the group as big a fan of the novel as I am myself, and some not getting on with it at all. In the ‘yay’ camp, we thought the author effectively created a wild, macabre environment that was both sinister and exhilarating. We admired the imagination of the author, and thought his creations were all shades of light and dark and that made them fascinating and lifelike. We noted the intense environment that the book was written in, and speculated that it might be an allegory of Stalinist Russia and its complicated relationship with artists. In the ‘nay’ camp, some of us disliked the bizarre nature of the novel, and found it unpleasantly disorientating, with characters that were difficult to root for.

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