Reading Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita

Short Course

“The Great Chancellor”, “The Black Theologian”, “The Black Magician”, “He Appeared”, “The Prince of Darkness” – these are original titles of the Mikhail Bulgakov’s work, which later became known worldwide as “The Master and Margarita”. Evil spirits visit Moscow in the 1920s. What are the consequences for characters of the novel? Everyone will be rewarded according to his faith! A combination of mysticism, satire, realistic signs of the times creates a special literary style of the novel and makes the fantastic plot very attractive for readers, as well as for theater and film directors.

This course is a multi-faceted look at Mikhail Bulgakov's masterpiece, The Master and Margarita. Reading this work, loved by Russians and learners of Russian, is nothing short of an adventure. It is no wonder why it was long considered one of the greatest novels of all time.

We will navigate our way through this work with five lectures and a virtual "live" visit to the Bulgakov Museum in Moscow and Patriarchi Ponds, the setting of the events of the first chapter.

This course is equally valuable to students looking to supplement current Russian language and/or literature studies as it is to educators and life-long learners.

Russian language add-on: Those with suitable Russian language ability may opt in for two additional meetings to read and discuss sections of the text in Russian. $25, minimum of two participants required.
SRAS Alumni: Contact us for alumni discount and payment instructions.
Educational institutions: Contact us for group pricing.
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Lecture Topics

Russian Language Sessions

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SRAS Learning Credits


Literature, Russian Language

Dates & Costs

Dates: 07 Jun 2021 - 03 Jul 2021
Enroll By: 27 May 2021
Cost: $149

Dates: 05 Jul 2021 - 31 Jul 2021
Enroll By: 24 Jun 2021
Cost: $149

«But this is the question that disturbs me – if there is no God, then who, one wonders, rules the life of man and keeps the world in order?

Man rules himself, said Bezdomny angrily in answer to such an obviously absurd question.

I beg your pardon, retorted the stranger quietly, but to rule one must have a precise plan worked out for some reasonable period ahead. Allow me to enquire how man can control his own affairs when he is not only incapable of compiling a plan for some laughably short term, such as, say, a thousand years, but cannot even predict what will happen to him tomorrow?»