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Why should you read “The Master and Margarita”? - Alex Gendler

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The Devil has come to town. But don’t worry– all he wants to do is stage a magic show. This absurd premise forms the central plot of Mikhail Bulgakov’s masterpiece, “The Master and Margarita.” Its blend of political satire, historical fiction and occult mysticism has earned a legacy as one of the 20th century’s greatest novels– and one of its strangest. Alex Gendler explores the subversive novel.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Draško Ivezić
  • Narrator Adrian Dannatt
  • Producer Draško Ivezić
  • Character Designer Draško Ivezić
  • Art Director Draško Ivezić
  • Layout Artist Draško Ivezić
  • Senior Animator David Lovrić
  • Storyboard Artist David Lovrić
  • Animator Marko Djeska, Chloé Roux
  • Music Jure Buljević
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Fact-checker Francisco Diez
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Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita is one of the best-known novels of the Soviet Era. But what makes this surreal blend of mysticism, satire, and historical fiction such an important contribution to world literature?

As one of the most highly-praised novels of the 20th century, Master and Margarita has garnered countless reviews, as well as a number of literary critical essays.

Reading Bulgakov’s other work will also help readers understand his political and cultural background. But if you haven’t yet read the book, the best thing to do is to choose a translation and dive right in.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Draško Ivezić
  • Narrator Adrian Dannatt
  • Producer Draško Ivezić
  • Character Designer Draško Ivezić
  • Art Director Draško Ivezić
  • Layout Artist Draško Ivezić
  • Senior Animator David Lovrić
  • Storyboard Artist David Lovrić
  • Animator Marko Djeska, Chloé Roux
  • Music Jure Buljević
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Fact-checker Francisco Diez