The Master and Margarita (Russian: Ма?стер и Маргари?та) is a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, written between 1928 and 1940, but unpublished in book form until 1967. The story concerns a visit by the devil to the fervently atheistic Soviet Union. Many critics[who?] consider it to be one of the best novels of the 20th century, as well
as the foremost of Soviet satires.