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The master and Margarita, (electronic resource)

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The master and Margarita
Title
The master and Margarita
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Language
eng
Summary
I first read Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita on a balcony of the Hotel Metropole in Saigon on three summer evenings in 1971. The tropical air was heavy and full of the smells of cordite and motorcycle exhaust and rotting fish and wood-fire stoves, and the horizon flared ambiguously, perhaps from heat lightning, perhaps from bombs. Later each night, as was my custom, I would wander out into the steamy back alleys of the city, where no one ever seemed to sleep, and crouch in doorways with the people and listen to the stories of their culture and their ancestors and their ongoing lives. Bulgakov taught me to hear something in those stories that I had not yet clearly heard. One could call it, in terms that would soon thereafter gain wide currency, "magical realism". The deadpan mix of the fantastic and the realistic was at the heart of the Vietnamese mythos. It is at the heart of the present zeitgeist. And it was not invented by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as wonderful as his One Hundred Years of Solitude is. Garcia Marquez's landmark work of magical realism was predated by nearly three decades by Bulgakov's brilliant masterpiece of a novel. That summer in Saigon a vodka-swilling, talking black cat, a coven of beautiful naked witches, Pontius Pilate, and a whole cast of benighted writers of Stalinist Moscow and Satan himself all took up permanent residence in my creative unconscious. Their presence, perhaps more than anything else from the realm of literature, has helped shape the work I am most proud of. I'm often asked for a list of favorite authors. Here is my advice. Read Bulgakov. Look around you at the new century. He will show you things you need to see
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Midwest
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1891-1940
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Bulgakov, Mikhail
Dewey number
891.7342
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Glenny, Michael
  • hoopla digital
Series statement
Vintage classics
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  • Mental illness
  • Electronic books
  • Moscow (Russia)
  • Soviet Union
  • Jerusalem
Target audience
adult
Label
The master and Margarita, (electronic resource)
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multicolored
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MWT11811327
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780802190512
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(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11811327
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remote
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11811327
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The master and Margarita, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11811327
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780802190512
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11811327
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11811327
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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