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Bulgakov, Mikhail. Master i Margarita [The Master and Margarita]. Moscow, ca. 1968-1972. 212, 197 leaves of typescript to rectos, 30 × 21 cm, in the original blue string-bound buckram portfolio. Light wear to portfolio, else about very good. 2.200,00 EUR
Samizdat edition of Mikhail Bulgakov`s multi-layered satire of Soviet society, set in ancient Jerusalem and Moscow of the 1930s, which acquired cult status with the Soviet readership in the 1960s-70s. Bulgakov was the subject of much criticism throughout Soviet rule and many of his works were not published until Perestroika. This text suffered a particularly complicated fate. After destroying an early version in 1928, Bulgakov continued to work on the novel, but died before seeing any part of it published. In 1966-67, a heavily censored edition was published in the journal Moskva. Both the censors and the editors severely cut the text, removing twelve percent. After Bulgakov`s widow agreed to provide access to the manuscript, typewritten copies of the excised passages began to circulate in samizdat. The full, uncensored text appeared in a 1973 Soviet edition; researchers were first given access to the manuscript in 1987, and the most authoritative version was published in the five-volume 1990 edition. While samizdat versions of Master and Margarite were made throughout the 1970-80s, this edition is particularly interesting: it was produced in the period of 1967 and 1973, when the full text was still censored. The novel has here been retyped in full, presumably based on one of the modified samizdats in circulation; all censored passages are marked by horizontal lines before and after. A remarkable document of this iconic novel`s complicated publishing history.
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