The Master and Margarita
New York: Grove Press, 1967.
New York: Grove Press, 1967. First American edition. The first appearance of the Master and Margarita in the US. Translated by Mirra Ginsburg. Preceding the other American edition of 1967 put out by Harper and Row, translated by Michael Glenny. A Fine copy in very nearly Fine dust jacket with just a bit of wear at the spine ends.
This book is the author's masterpiece and considered by many the finest novel to come out of Russia in the twentieth century. Started in 1928, Bulgakov burned the manuscript in 1930, only to re-write and revise it for the next ten years until his death. A socio-political satire oscillating between two realities, one where the Devil and his entourage take a flat in 1930s Russia and wreak havoc on society in a series of amusing escapades, the second in Pontius Pilot's Jerusalem, where he condemns Jesus, despite grave misgivings. A work of unique humor and profound insight, it builds upon the great 19th century Russian predecessors and is now a foundation of the modern Russian literary canon. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #5836)