““You’re not Dostoevsky,’ said the citizeness, who was getting muddled by Koroviev.
‘Well, who knows, who knows,’ he replied.
‘Dostoevsky’s dead,’ said the citizeness, but somehow not very confidently.
‘I protest!’ Behemoth exclaimed hotly. ‘Dostoevsky is immortal!””
The novel, written in the 30’s, was published 2 parts in 1966+67. This retelling of Faust sees the devil visiting Stalin’s Moscow with two henchman, inlcuding one the greatanimals of literature: a psychotic, talking cat named Behemoth.
Margarita and the Master are torn between an evil regime, and evil incarnate. This Russian classic supposedly introduced the phrases “manuscripts don’t burn”, and”second-grade fresh”, into the Russian consciousness. It remains an underrated classic outside Russia. If not my favourite novel, it’s at least in the top three.