Apocalyptic Vision of Mikhail Bulgakov's the Master and Margarita

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This study takes as its premise that the novel, which is fascinating for both what it reveals and what it conceals, carries within itself a coherence of meaning. It is widely acknowledged that religious categories of understanding are necessary for a proper interpretation of the novel, but it is common to conclude that Bulgakov's outlook is heterodox. This study places him within the theological tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy. The novel draws upon the long line of apocalyptic visionary writing. This interpretation allows the reader to make sense of the abundant symbolic correspondences in the novel, including the fact that they are skewed, inexact, and often overlapping. To see the novel as both completed and coherent depends on the cumulative evidence amassed through analysis of the novel's many significant details.


". . . Ericson has made an impressive showing. . . . has given us a superbly detailed, strikingly persuasive Christian reading . . . . His observations will interest all who have read, loved, and been baffled by Bulgakov's great novel." - The University Bookman

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Overview

Chapter Three: The Orthodox Setting

Chapter Four: Satan and the Fallen Angels

Chapter Five: Pilate and Jesus

Chapter Six: The Master

Chapter Seven: Margarita

Chapter Eight: Homeless

Chapter Nine: The Apocalypse


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