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Another unlikely but rewarding graphic novel is the adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's 'The Master and Margarita' by Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal. The novel, reviewed here before, is a classic of 20th century literature. As the graphic adaptation's introduction states "it is - among other things - a satirical swipe at the literary establishment, a meditation on the nature of good and evil, and a love story".

The graphic form suits the novel's anarchist satire perfectly, without sacrificing its more serious themes of religious debate and artistic expression under oppression. The book juxtaposes black and white ink drawings by Klimowski (whose stark and wordless nightmare 'The Depository' is also recommended) with color drawings by Schebjal to distinguish the different story levels.

The Master and Margarita - 1

The Master and Margarita - 2

The Master and Margarita - 3

The Master and Margarita - 4

Beautifully executed throughout, its final double-page panel even manages to sum up the entire novel - the weary Master and Margarita surrounded by the characters he created, his angels and demons, from Christ to a naked witch.

Klimowski and Schebjal have also adapted 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'. Here's an audio interview with them from Panel Borders. For more images from 'The Master and Margarita' see this gallery.


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