The Master and Margarita (original title Мастер и Маргарита) is the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov’s (1891–1940) novel, which he considered his main work.
The Master and Margarita is not only the masterpiece of the twentieth century Russian literature, but it is one of the best novels of universal literature. It has had various interpretations ever since it was published. It blends several genres and styles (Romanticism, Realism, Grotesque), but it creates a solid whole.
The novel alternates between three threads; in the first one the Satan appears in the guise of Professor Woland, a mysterious gentleman ’magician’ of uncertain origin. The second setting is the Jerusalem of Pontius Pilate, and the subjective interpretation of Pilate-Jesus story, it can be considered an independent insert novel; and the third one is a love-story telling the Master’s – the mysterious writer who wrote Pilates’ real story − and his lover Margarita Nikolayevna’s adventures.
The plot takes place on three levels: the insert novel, the reality of Moscow and the world of black art.