Originally Posted by caleb72
I've only read 2 chapters and the second was absolutely riveting. I'm not sure what purpose the story of Jesus and Pontius Pilate is going to have for the rest of the book but I devoured it.
Like a number of themes and traits, Bulgakov might have modeled it after Goethes's Faust.
This is what I copy/pasted from an essay about Faust that I received as a private communication.
... In the second part, however, many find themselves in foreign country – much like the science fiction of the 20th century – as the established narrative seems sunken into the ground and the characters suddenly move from Antiquity, through the Middle Ages and into the future. ...