First US edition of Michael Glenny's superior translation, published the same year as the Grove Press first that lacked over 20,000 words.
"The time is the 1920's. The place is Moscow. The story begins as the Devil appears with a retinue including a naked girl vampire with red hair and phosphorescent eyes and a huge black cat that smokes cigars and is a dead shot with a Browning automatic." (front flap)
Written in the time of Stalin, this satirical black fantasy was not published until after the author's death – and then in censored form. Clearly influenced by Goethe and Dostoevsky, it's a daring philosophical novel of chaos and comedy, striking a tone that would feel cutting-edge and contemporary decades later, during its discovery in the 1960s. First translated into English by Mirra Ginsburg for Grove Press the same year, that version used the censored MOSKVA text, lacking approximately 23,000 words of the novel; this is the first translation into English that didn't use the abbreviated text. A great copy.
Read more: May, "Fact vs. Fiction: Two Translations of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita," in The Translator in the Text: On Reading Russian Literature in English.
New York: Harper & Row, (1967). 8.25'' x 5.75''. Original black cloth, spine lettered in red and gilt. In original unclipped ($5.95) color pictorial dust jacket designed by Mercer Mayer. Gold endpapers, yellow topstain, fore-edge machine deckle. vi, 394 pages. Ink owner inscription on front endpaper. A few bumps to jacket rear panel.
Near fine in like jacket.
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