I'm looking to order The Master and Margarita by Bugakov next, but I don't know which translation to get, sounds like there are 4 main ones, and each people are very opinionated about.
Which has /lit/ read and recommends?
I recently read M&M for a Russian lit book club and this was exactly the suggested edition. Apparently at least one of the other translations not only isn't as good, but actually has some missing content as a result of being drawn from an incomplete manuscript.
Also OP a cursory understanding of the early Soviet Union would help a bit when reading, but if you read the notes after finishing the book, most of what you miss will be made clear pretty quickly.
yup, this is the one i read, and i loved it. pro-tip: there are notes in the back of the book, but in an infuriating move the editors chose not to reference them in text, so if you want to read all the notes as they relate to the text you either have to psychically know when a note is in the back or just remember what the next note is about, so that when you see a few keywords in the text you know to flip to the notes section.
For me, the first half of the book was pretty good, but not amazing. I think a lot of the humor fell flat for me because it had to be explained in these notes. But by the second half I knew enough about early Soviet life that I was laughing my ass off.
5/5 one of my top ten books.
i would have accepted endnotes if they just fucking numbered them in text. it's absurd that i have to just know that they exist.
another of my books (that i haven't read yet) does this. the princeton press version of faust i & II. ridiculous.
While the humor was discernible even without the notes, they still added to it. For example, while from the text I could gather that there was some sort of housing crisis going on, having notes that explaining exactly what this was and what a housing committee was made some of the more subtle buts of humor shine.
in the restaurant chapter the behemoth and that other lovecraftian being are talking about some writer; they're arguing if he is still alive. i guess u guise have read the notes; could you please help me out with what it is about?
meh. it wasn't good enough to read all the way through. i don't suffer a book that i don't like for internet brownie points, bro. i even tried two different translations before i realized i simply didn't like it.