Wednesday, February 13, 2008

My Margarita

Someone on my blogroll had recommended Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita" to me. To that nameless blogger*, all I can say is: "thank you". It was a trip reading that brilliant book. But since my mind's just completely blown, I am going to have to read it again.

BTW, I read the most depressing piece of news about this book: Andrew Lloyd Webber plans to turn this masterpiece into a musical or an opera. Why, Lord, why?

(*I am guessing it was Alok. If so, thanks, Alok!)


Alok said...

Glad you liked it, I don't remember recommending it but there was a time not long back when I was asking everybody to read it, even offering to buy a copy :)

Russian pirates have copied the entire book on net, in two translations!! just in case you want to reread some specific chapter.

Alok said...

the same site has his novella The Heart of a Dog too which is another hilarious headtrip.

Anonymous said...

Yay! More ebooks! As if Project Gutenberg was not enough to spoil my (already failing) eyesight :(

Anonymous said...

These russians have some awesome OCR technology. Thanks for the link.

km said...

Alok: now I am sure it WAS you :)
Thanks for those links. I am going to read that novella over the weekend.

Lekhni: Staring at a screen to read anything longer than a blogpost is hard, isn't it?

Anon: Russians love their OCR too.

Rahul said...

Oddly enough, this is the second time today I'm reading about that book. The first time occurred as follows: I was listening to something that reminded me of the Stones' "Sympathy for the devil". So I listened to that. Then I looked up the wikipedia article on it, which said that the lyrics were heavily inspired by "The Master and Margarita", though apparently Jagger didn't say so.

As for Lloyd Webber -- Roger Waters said it well. (Lyrics, video)

km said...

Rahul: LOL@ that Waters' lyric. I had never heard that song before. Thanks for the links.

While I was aware of the lyrics to Sympathy being inspired by the book, I had somehow missed reading the book itself.

Man, '68 was a year for some really dark music.