My Favorite Books
The Master and Margarita is a brilliant mixture of two modes of discourse that are thought to be antithetical; epic and novelistic. It is also a mixture of genres, time periods and textual strategies that combine a moving love story, scathing social satire and profound re-telling of the story of Christ and Pilate, leading the reader to examine the relative status of "great men" versus common people leading ordinary lives. It is virtually a sacred text for millions of Russians, and with good reason. There is nothing like it in world literature.