They hang around, poking at mankind's fragility and stupidity, and they look precisely as one would imagine them except, at the same time, also as one would never imagine them.
After all, this fabulous story is actually two fabulous stories at the same time, deeply intertwined across two thousand years of history and yet taking place simultaneously, perfectly synchronized, under the very same black shadow of an approaching storm. We, the readers, are fully aware of this while Bulgakov carries us back and forth, from one story to the other. He doesn't worry too much, as the 33 chapters unroll quietly before our eyes as if they belonged together (yes, we all noticed: 33 like the years of the weird but familiar prophet Ha-Nozri). And, well, they do belong together.
But there's even more to it: this fabulous story is actually many fabulous stories, each of which is peculiar and different, and yet still the same. It's also the story of Bulgakov himself, the Master, a disillusioned man who burned down his novel because he couldn't see a future as a writer ahead.
Ultimately, this is a story about stories: the stories we tell ourselves; the story we tell others; the stories we believe firmly and those we reject just as firmly; those we burn down, out of discouragement; those that make us afraid and proud at the same time; those that make us look like poor and hopeless poets trapped inside a hospital room; and those that make us who we are, persons of integrity, respectable and upright, yet in desperate need of someone showing us an unbeaten path....Continua
Una storia complessa, onirica, simbolica, attuale, a tratti comica, e sicuramente profonda. Non amo particolarmente la letteratura russa, mi resta difficile da mandar giù, ma di fronte a un capolavoro come questo non c'è altro da fare che continuare a pensarci!è uno di quei libri che non scordi di aver letto, e che pagina dopo pagina ti proietta in un mondo che è fantastico e allo stesso tempo reale. Ogni personaggio è una metafora bellissima, ogni luogo descritto è un palcoscenico perfetto per muovere critiche e considerazioni contro e a favore del mondo e del rapporto bene/male....Continua