Originally Posted by caleb72
........why is Ivan Nikolaevich referred to as a disciple towards the end? Should we draw some kind of parallel with Matthew Levi who gave up being a tax collector to follow Yeshua, much like Ivan gives up poetry to write the "sequel" to Pontius Pilate? Does this by implication draw a parallel between the Master and Yeshua?
For me, this book really seemed like a wish fulfilment of Bulgakov, masquerading as the Master, to be avenged (by dark forces if necessary) for any slights he had received at the hands of the Russian literary/arts elite (and those managing rental properties).........
Yes, I completely agree. I quickly mentioned something similar in an earlier post about Bulgakov=the master, and the egoism involved. That's a good observation about Ivan=Matthew as well that gives it a fuller parallel.