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The Master and Margarita] - BULGAKOV, Mikhail] - 1967. [1274083]
YMCA Press Paris 1967 - Octavo (24 x 16 cm). 219 pp., including half-title and title, [2]pp.; several neat pen underlines in foreword. Original printed wrappers; slightly soiled, spine slightly sunned. Fine example of the first separate edition of one of the most important Russian novels of the twentieth century. Having started in 1928, Bulgakov burned the manuscript in 1930, only to rewrite and revise it for the next ten years until 1938. In common with most of Bulgakov's prose it was not published until long after his death from an inherited kidney disorder in 1940. During his life, Bulgakov was best known for the plays he contributed to Konstantin Stanislavsky's and Nemirovich-Danchenko's Moscow Art Theatre. He published a number of novels and stories through the early and mid 1920s, but by 1927 his career began to suffer from criticism that he was too anti-Soviet. By 1929 his career was ruined: government censorship prevented publication of any of his work and staging of any of his plays, and Stalin personally forbade him to emigrate. The current publication is the first appearance of the Bulgakov's masterpiece in a book form. Shortly before, it was published in the 1966 and 1967 issues of the periodical Zhurnal Moskva [The Moscow Magazine]. The offered Paris edition, as well as the serial publication, contains censored text, from which much of the anti-Soviet satire was eliminated. Yet it still caused an immediate sensation among the public. Of particular interest is the introduction to this edition written by Archbishop Ioann San-Frantsisskiy (1902 - 1989), a Bishop of the Orthodox Church in America and a talented writer. It is hard to think of anyone more suitable than a Russian émigré preacher from the noble family of Shakhovskiys to introduce and interpret the Bulgakov's mystical novel. In the foreword he wrote truly prophetic words: "? ????? ????????? ????? ?????? ? ? ??? ?? ????? ????? ?????? ???, ??? ?????? ??????" [Many will write about the Bulgakov's book. And those who will write, won't find it easy to write about]. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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