The Master and Margarita (Russian: Ма? Стер і 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 Та) is a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, written between 1928 and 1940 but unpublished in book form until 1967.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.