Have you ever heard about Mikhail Bulgakov and his The Master and Margarita? Many critics consider it to be one of the best novels of the twentieth century, as well as the foremost of Soviet satires. It is one of the greatest love stories ever and a story of survival during Stalinist repressions. It presents a brilliant portrait of literary Moscow in the 1930s, and it is a terrific phantasmagoria a la Gogol, involving a visit of the devil to Moscow and his annual ball (Gala). But why don’t we know much about it? And if it is one of the best, why did the Nobel Prize for literature go to Pasternak and Dr. Zhivago, and not to Bulgakov and The Master and Margarita, as many of the Russians believe it should have? Who was Mikhail Bulgakov and what was his place in the pantheon of Russian writers of the 20th century?