Marina Oborotova

Russian Literature: The Best Novel of the 20th Century? Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita

Dr. Marina Oborotova, CFIS-AIA
March 11, 2018

Have you ever heard about Mikhail Bulgakov and his Master and Margarita? Many critics consider it to be one of the best novels of the 20th century, as well as the foremost of Soviet satires. It is one of the greatest love stories ever and a story of survival during Stalinist repressions. It presents a brilliant portrait of literary Moscow in the 1930s, and it is a terrific phantasmagoria a la Gogol, involving a visit of the devil to Moscow and his annual ball (Gala). But why don’t we know much about it? And if it is one of the best, why did the Nobel Prize for literature go to Pasternak and Zhivago, and not to Bulgakov and The Master and Margarita, as many of the Russians believe it should have? Who was Mikhail Bulgakov and what was his place in the pantheon of Russian writers of the 20th century?

Dr. Marina Oborotova is the Albuquerque International Association founder and president. She was born and schooled in Russia, worked and lived in Europe, Latin America and for the last 25 years – in the United States. Professionally, Dr. Oborotova is the author of multiple articles and books on foreign affairs. She worked for Russia’s leading think tank, USIC, TC International and taught at UNM’s History and Political Science Departments and the Anderson School of Management.

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