Mihail Bulgakov the author of the novel "The Master and Margarita" got the idea for the plot in 1920's and kept working on it until his death. In mid-1920's, he pictured yet another novel based on the motives of Pontius Pilatus and added it in this novel as it was, after some work on the […]
Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov was Russian writer born in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, on May 15. 1891. His father was working as an assistant professor at the Theological Academy. He was one of seven children in his family. In his young age, he was drawn in theater. He liked to write comedies, which his family acted out.
After finishing Gymnasium in 1909, Bulgakov entered the Medical School of Kiev University and he graduating in 1916. Then, he was a physician at the Military Hospital in Kiev.
He married Tatyana Lappa in 1913. Tatiana moved with him after graduation to provincial villages and there he practiced medicine.
During the First World War, he volunteered as a medical doctor with the Red Cross. In front, he was injured twice. Because he was suffering a chronic pain, he received a morphine and then he became addicted. In 1918 he solves the addiction and never used morphine again. About that period of his life, he wrote a book and he is released in 1926. About his doctor experience, he wrote two books: "Notes on Cuffs" and "Notes of a Young Country Doctor."
In 1918 Bulgakov returned to Kiev at the end of World War I. In that time in Russia was beginning of the Civil War. In Kiev, he opened a private practice. Next year in February he was mobilized by the Ukrainian People's Army as a physician. In that period, he became very ill. He barely survives typhus. In Northern Caucasus, he was working as a journalist. He never leaves Russia while most of his family emigrated to Paris.
His most famous works are: "The Master and Margarita" - a masterpiece of the 20th century, "The Heart of a Dog", "The Fatal Egg", "The White Guard", "Great Soviet Short Stories", "A Dead Man's Memoir"...
He dies at Moscow, March 10, 1940.