Saturday, 23 January 2010

I've got sympathy for the Devil

Last night, still lurking in the main uni library at midnight, I was lazily browsing through images on the web with absolutely no pretense of work. "Fuck you I'm an ant eater" got replaced with a new desktop wallpaper:

I'm always in the mood for a bit of Hieronymus Bosch:)
And while on the demon/hell theme, I proceeded to search for images inspired by one of the greatest books of all time, Mikhail Bulgakov's "Master and Margarita". There's quite a lot of interesting Master and Margarita-inspired art out there. The most frequently portrayed character is, of course, Behemot:)

Behemot adoring No.13 Andriyvsky Uzviz in Kiev.

"Master and Margarita" is probably one of the very few books I've read multiple times and in multiple editions. A perfect edition is a mix of good translation (not too modern, not too archaic) and a stimulating front cover. Why not make an impact on the outside as well as on the inside?:)

Master and Margarita anarchy!:D
MaM publishing has had a troubled past being censored and banned in communist Russia. Over the years it was was first And here a myriad of different editions:

To the left is the edition I grew up with. Very "eighties" and very bizzare:) The one on the right is the one my dad bought for me when I was reading M&M as a set book in high school:)

Horny cover art and theatre adaptation poster.


The one on the right looks too much like Marilyn Manson if you ask me... And below the classic take. Red and gold go well together, don't they?:)

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