.Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita is considered a twentieth century masterpiece. It was begun in 1928 but not published until 1967, twenty-seven years after Bulgakov’s death. It is composed of three interlaced stories: Satan and his entourage visit Moscow, a Faustian tale of a writer and his Margarita, and Pilate’s condemnation of Jesus. It combines realism with a fantasy that can be humorous, serious, macabre. It is by turns: biting satire, a takedown of the venal, of hypocrites and apparatchiks; a “roman a clef,” with events and people decipherable; a panorama of a mayhem-ridden Moscow; a study of writing and writers; and an exploration of love and redemption. By some, it is regarded as Bulgakov’s Christian Testament. It features Margarita’s flight on a broom over Moscow and Satan’s Ball with invitees from Hell. The novel is exquisitely rendered by the seven hour 2006 Vladimir Bortko TV series. This has been distilled to 2 2/3 self-contained hours. This shortened series will be watched, and then series and novel will be discussed. Notes will be provided.