By Ellendea Proffer
Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) is best known as the author of The Master and Margarita, a novel written secretly during the worst years of Stalin’s rule. When the novel was first published decades after his death, Bulgakov’s fame spread rapidly, and The Master and Margarita became one of the most influential novels of the 20th century. Today this work is considered an international masterpiece, and has been translated into all major languages.
Until the posthumous publication of this novel, Bulgakov was known mainly as a playwright. The post-revolutionary renaissance of the Moscow Art Theater dates from the production of his play Days of the Turbins in 1926. His most important theatrical work, however, is the play Cabal of Hypocrites (Molière), which has been produced around the world.
Initially published in 1984, Bulgakov: Life and Work still stands as the most comprehensive and acclaimed study of the author and his works. It is based on published and archival sources, as well as on interviews with those who knew Bulgakov, including two of his wives.
This 2021 eBook edition (.epub or .mobi) reproduces the original 670-page edition and includes a large number of photographs.