Hi Caleb, nice post. A propos, of the non so subtle criticisms of the soviet society by Bulgakov. His target is the intelligentia, with its privileges justified by its role in the propaganda machine. Therefore the majestic building where the writers' guild has its home. And the fabulous restaurant, where the Russian superiority complex can be fulfilled and stuffed with rare foods and beverages. It is the same thing with the mental clinique. An other luminous example of the soviets' superiority. The best food, the best drinks, the best mental care, with a choice between dressing gown and silk pajamas, tovarish. Normal people share their kitchen with 5 or 6 families each with his own petrol stove. And the bathroom privacy that we do not have to imagine.
Where do the people with some problems go? Certainly not to the forced labour camps in Siberia or in the Arctic region, but to some ultra fancy and extra comfortable clinique, where they can be helped to find again the right direction. Oh yes. Bulgakov is making the counter propaganda. Exaggerating a bit the Soviet Genius.