Mikhail and Margarita: A Novel

ISBN9781609453756
PublisherIPS International
PublishedMarch 14, 2017
Pages336
AuthorJulie Himes
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.5 Kg.
Height8.3 in.
Width5.3 in.
Depth1.1 in.

Mikhail and Margarita: A Novel

Julie Himes

PAPERBACK

March 14, 2017

A love triangle involving Mikhail Bulgakov, famed author of The Master and Margarita; an agent of Stalin's secret police; and the bewitching Margarita has inescapable consequences for all three in 1930s Russia. A time when expression was censored by authoritarian rule, eerily mirroring the political suppression of today.   
 
It is 1933 and Mikhail Bulgakov's enviable career is on the brink of being dismantled. His friend and mentor, the poet Osip Mandelstam, has been arrested, tortured, and sent into exile. Meanwhile, a mysterious agent of the secret police has developed a growing obsession with exposing Bulgakov as an enemy of the state. To make matters worse, Bulgakov has fallen in love with the dangerously outspoken Margarita. Facing imminent arrest, infatuated with Margarita, he is inspired to write his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, a satirical novel that is scathingly critical of power and the powerful. 
 
Ranging between lively readings in the homes of Moscow's literary elite to the Siberian Gulag, Mikhail and Margarita recounts a passionate love triangle while painting a portrait of a country with a towering literary tradition confronting a dictatorship that does not tolerate dissent. Margarita is a strong, idealistic woman, who is fiercely loved by two very different men, both of whom will fail in their attempts to shield her from the machinations of a regime hungry for human sacrifice. Himes launches a rousing defense of art and the artist during a time of systematic deception and she movingly portrays the ineluctable consequences of love for one of history's most enigmatic literary figures.

Winner of the Center for Fiction's 2017 First Novel Prize

Buy Mikhail and Margarita: A Novel by Julie Himes at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

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ISBN9781609453756
PublisherIPS International
PublishedMarch 14, 2017
Pages336
AuthorJulie Himes
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.5 Kg.
Height8.3 in.
Width5.3 in.
Depth1.1 in.

Synopsis

A love triangle involving Mikhail Bulgakov, famed author of The Master and Margarita; an agent of Stalin's secret police; and the bewitching Margarita has inescapable consequences for all three in 1930s Russia. A time when expression was censored by authoritarian rule, eerily mirroring the political suppression of today.   
 
It is 1933 and Mikhail Bulgakov's enviable career is on the brink of being dismantled. His friend and mentor, the poet Osip Mandelstam, has been arrested, tortured, and sent into exile. Meanwhile, a mysterious agent of the secret police has developed a growing obsession with exposing Bulgakov as an enemy of the state. To make matters worse, Bulgakov has fallen in love with the dangerously outspoken Margarita. Facing imminent arrest, infatuated with Margarita, he is inspired to write his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, a satirical novel that is scathingly critical of power and the powerful. 
 
Ranging between lively readings in the homes of Moscow's literary elite to the Siberian Gulag, Mikhail and Margarita recounts a passionate love triangle while painting a portrait of a country with a towering literary tradition confronting a dictatorship that does not tolerate dissent. Margarita is a strong, idealistic woman, who is fiercely loved by two very different men, both of whom will fail in their attempts to shield her from the machinations of a regime hungry for human sacrifice. Himes launches a rousing defense of art and the artist during a time of systematic deception and she movingly portrays the ineluctable consequences of love for one of history's most enigmatic literary figures.

Winner of the Center for Fiction's 2017 First Novel Prize

Buy Mikhail and Margarita: A Novel by Julie Himes at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

“This richly imagined retelling of [Bulgakov's] lean years wich gave rise to his phantasmagoric novel "The Master and Margarita"—mixes fact and fiction to create a narrative that is both foreign and familiar."

– The New Yorker

“Himes’s confident, carefully crafted debut novel...adeptly details brutality and betrayal as well as creativity and the uncertainties of censorship...” —Publishers Weekly

– Publishers Weekly

"Part paean to Bulgakov’s genius, part essay on the issue of censorship, Mikhail and Margarita is strongest when it examines classical fiction’s central themes, deception and betrayal.”

– The Historical Novels Review