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Please join us to discuss THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Mikhail Bulgakov. Acclaimed as a Russian Surrealist masterpiece this novel's supporters (and it has its detractors) claim that it is one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century in any language. 

Influenced by the story of Faust and the novels of both Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky THE MASTER AND MARGARITA explores themes of justice, truth, and goodness as it tells the story of the a visit by the devil to the fervently atheistic Soviet Union. Part slapstick, part philosophical allegory, part biting political satire THE MASTER AND MARGARITA has enthralled, challenged and delighted generations of readers since its publication in 1967.
We are extremely lucky that acclaimed journalist, historian, Russia and East European expert and contemporary commentator Misha Glenny has agreed to join us to tell us more about the book and join in our book-group discussion. Misha is the son of Michael Glenny who was the original translator from the Russian. 

Misha is the most eloquent of speakers. His books includeMcMafia, Dark Market and most recently Nemesis. McMafia is currently being made into a major drama series for BBC1 starring James Naughton. 

We recommend the Vintage translation of the novel. 

Followed by a talk by one of our members Simon Matthews on his fascinating and unusual day job: wondering the city finding dilapidated and liminal spaces that almost nobody owns or are chronically underused. This psychogeographic discussion will change forever the way you see the city. From 8.30pm. 

DON'T MISS this book-club evening!