The Master and Margarita: This Is the End

We've come to the end of this crazy journey. What is left for Woland to do?

Flames! Flames on the side of my face!

The Moscow police are searching for the cause of the apparent mass hypnosis that overtook the city. All signs point to Flat 50. They surround the apartment and while at times the place seems bustling with life, when they investigate no one is at home. Finally, they break into the room and find nothing, except for a talking cat. Instead of saying, "Whoa! A talking cat!" they assume it's part of the hypnosis and start... shooting at it? This makes as much sense as you would imagine. I mean, if it's a hallucination then it's not real or it's a regular cat that they are shooting at for no reason.

Behemoth pulls out his gun and fires back. Somehow no one is injured, but he sets the place on fire before jumping out the window. He meets up with Koroviev and they set a shop and the writers' club on fire just for fun, before heading out to meet with Woland.

Good times

A Basement Apartment in the Sk-y-y-y

Margarita and the master are hanging out at the old basement apartment. The master gloomily thinks of the future. The devil isn't done with them yet. Matthew, you know, from the bible, tells Woland that Jesus wants the master "to find peace." The equivalent of your parents taking the family pet to go "live on a farm."

No one can leave the lovers alone. 

Azazello goes to collect them. First, he gives them poisoned wine and they die. Then things get confusing. Their clones or doubles or selves in another dimension die in Margarita's bedroom and the master's room at the hospital. Azazello revives the couple at the basement apartment and takes them to Woland.

They all fly away on magical flying horses, but not before the master says goodbye to Ivan. He tells Ivan to write the sequel to his Pilate book. I don't know what that would be, Pilate 2: Pilate Harder?

Ivan, probably

And it all makes sense...just kidding

Anyway they all fly to heaven, I guess, and Woland's gang (minus Hella? what gives?) turn into handsome men. Pilate is waiting for the master to finish the book (for 2000 years?). The master yells "you are free!" So, Pilate's fate all hinges on what the master says. huh. Pilate and his dog finally get to take long walks with Jesus.

Then there's some stuff about people being jerks to black cats, which I highly disapprove of.

So yeah, pretty weird. It's like a fever dream. I feel like Bulgakov was just tossing stuff into this book. I'm not sure what to make of it. I'm not a religious person, so I think I missed a lot. It's interesting that the devil here is a hero of sorts. He participates in giving the master his reward. It's not the devil of The Exorcist that's for sure. The book is ridiculous and I think maybe we're not meant to understand most of it. Did I like it? I don't know.

Thanks to Alice for hosting the readalong! I never would have finished this otherwise.


  1. Well, all of your posts have been fascinating and I'm glad to have read it vicariously today. I almost want to count it as having really read the book. (But I won't.)

  2. I JUST DON'T EVEN KNOW CHRIS. With this book. If I knew all about Russia would it have helped? I DO NOT KNOW THAT IT WOULD HAVE.

    1. I don't know. What was going on over there- besides housing issues- that created this book? We keep being told the master is some kind of genius, but I needed more than everyone saying that he was, you know?

  3. Hey yeah, why aren't people more like "Whoa a talking cat!" ? Also HA Ivan as Tina, writing some erotic friend fiction. Because yes, that is what he'd write.

    I'm so confused how the devil is sort of the hero and there are no ramifications for Margarita drinking that guy's blood and nothing makes sense.

  4. Well, I have no desire to read it, I can tell you that much. But I did enjoy the readathon posts :)

  5. Tina gif wins the final week of the readalong. EXCELLENT JOB.

  6. I loved this book, for all its zaniness. And though you're ultimately undecided, it seems, I've thoroughly enjoyed reliving the book through your insightful commentaries. Now you have to listen to the Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil!


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