M. Bulgakov – Master and Margarita

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Yesterday evening – I found the book I read a lot of years ago – M. Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita. Altough I remember it almost word by word, I was swallowed up by it again…. And I can not stand up not to tell you my impressions of it….

Bulgakov started to write this book in the 20ties of the 20th century. Altough you could not tell it from the start, this novel eventually become a mirror of the life and namely the atmosphere in the Russia. Paranoia, suspicion against anything, that is seen to be uncommon. But the other (evergreen) characteristics of mankind are shown here – greed, jealousy, hypocrisy, false morale.

And what is this novel about? Simply put – there is a “black mage” Woland, who with his entourage arrive in the Moscow. This entourage comprises from 2 men (both of them are really weirdos 🙂 ), one tomcat, who can speak and walk and woman (who likes to walk around naked and does not like a sunshine much)… Very soon, the twisted marry-go-round of absurd, but humorous situations occur, sparkling with brilliant and completely unrestrained fantasy of the author. The another story-line appears – the story of last days of Jesus – but this story is really different from anything you could read before :-). And there is also a love-story of broken novelist and broken wife of russian scientist… Well, I guess, that is enough for the start…

This novel really deserves the mark of the one of most famous and brilliant novels of the 20th century. Although you may think, that it is not actual, the opposite is true…

Find out that yourself…..

Bye

RB

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H. Murakami – Kafka on the shore

Kafka on the shore.

I spent a whole yesterday’s Easter Mondey sunk in the world of Murakami’s imaginative world. Concretely, I was submerged in his book “Kafka on the shore”, and since I am done with it, I have no choice, but to share my impressions of this book.

Simply put – this novel is absolutely fantastic. The story of fifteen year old school-boy, who wants to become “the strongest fifteen year old boy in the world”, and genial simpleton Mr. Tanaki, who is able to speak with cats and can summon a rain of fish or leeches is simply wonderful.

The storyline is not so straight-lined melancholic, or even depressive, such as Norwegian Wood or South of the border, West of the sun, but some faint melancholia is present and underlines the whole story. The foreboding of the loss of someone near and dear is there…. and this foreboding will eventually come true.

The author’s imagination is really something… I think, that the character of Col. Saunders (the mascot of KFC 🙂 ) will make me laugh for a long time in the future. As well as dialogues between Mr. Tanaki and cats…

This novel is really something. It is a novel with big N, which I have to recommend to all of you, who wants to get something special and maybe find piece of yourself in the storyline.

I found myself in there….

Bye

RB

The Czech version can be found here:
bednarik.blog.idnes.cz