The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov [FIRST BOOK CLUB EDITION / 1967]
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
HARDCOVER BOOK CLUB EDITION  HARPER & ROW
1967 First US Book Club Edition w/ awesome cover complete with cat and gun. Translation by Michael Glenny.
Hardcover with dust jacket in excellent condition. DJ is in very good shape; shelf wear and some light chipping to edges / corners. Book itself is excellent; grey cover with black leatherette spine; reads like new w/ a hint of tanning.
One hot spring, the devil arrives in Moscow, accompanied by a retinue that includes a beautiful naked witch and an immense talking black cat with a fondness for chess and vodka. The visitors quickly wreak havoc in a city that refuses to believe in either God or Satan. But they also bring peace to two unhappy Muscovites: one is the Master, a writer pilloried for daring to write a novel about Christ and Pontius Pilate; the other is Margarita, who loves the Master so deeply that she is willing literally to go to hell for him.
Suppressed in the Soviet Union for twenty-six years, Mikhail Bulgakov's masterpiece is an ironic parable on power and its corruption, on good and evil, and on human frailty and the strength of love. Featuring Satan, accompanied by a retinue that includes the large, fast-talking vodka-drinking black tom cat Behemoth, the beautiful Margarita, her beloved - a distraught writer known only as the Master - Pontius Pilate, and Jesus Christ, The Master and Margarita combines fable, fantasy, political satire, and slapstick comedy into a wildly entertaining and unforgettable tale that is commonly considered one of the greatest novels ever to come out of the Soviet Union.