Source richard pevear and larissa volokhonsky translated the novel in 1979 and wrote a comprehensive introduction to it the master and margarita mikhail bulgakov worked on this luminous book throughout one of the darkest decades of the century his last revisions were dictated to his wife a few weeks before his death in 1940 at the age of forty nine. The master and margarita by mikhail afanasevich bulgakov and richard pevear and larissa volokhonsky available in trade paperback on powellscom also read synopsis and reviews a 50th anniversary deluxe edition of the incomparable 20th century masterpiece of satire and. Editions for the master and margarita 0679760806 paperback published in 1996 0802130119 paperback published in 1994 paperback published in 2001. Mikhail bulgakovs the master and margarita is a fiercely satirical fantasy that remained unpublished in its authors home country for over thirty years this penguin classics edition is translated with an introduction by richard pevear and larissa volokhonsky the acclaimed translators of tolstoys anna karenina in soviet moscow god is dead but the devil to say nothing of his retinue of . The master and margarita mikhail bulgakov was a playwright and author he started writing the novel in 1928 but burned the first manuscript in 1930 as he could not see a future as a writer in the soviet union at a time of widespread political repression he restarted the novel in 1931 in the early 1920s bulgakov had visited an editorial meeting of an atheistic propaganda journal he is
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