"Who art thou, then?"
"Part of that Power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good."
-- Goethe, Faust
Epigraph to The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940). Bulgakov began his novel in 1928 and worked on it for the next twelve years. It did not appear in print until the winter of 1966-67 when it was published in the Russian magazine Moskva. Mirra Gnsburg translated it into English in 1967. Bulgakov, who wrote plays as well as novels, said the he valued equally the dramatic and the narrative impulses just as a pianist needs both his right and his left hand.