When Satan Visited Moscow

The Master and Margarita is a complex, multi-layered satire of the Stalin era. Mikhail Bulgakov started writing the novel in late 1928, not long after the reign of Tsar Nicholas II, the Russian Revolution and Lenin’s reforms. The writer who had witnessed all these continued to work on this masterpiece until his death in 1940. … Continue reading When Satan Visited Moscow

On North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South could easily be described as Pride and Prejudice with an industrialisation backdrop. Indeed, the plot lines of the novels draw many parallels; including a financially insecure, strong-willed, strong-headed, clever and beautiful heroine who is inexplicably prejudiced against the proud, rich and indignant hero. But there is so much more to North and … Continue reading On North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

On A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich

Europe and its neighbours A Little History of the World chronicles the major historical events from the inventions of cavemen to the consequences of WW1 in its 40 short chapters. It is aimed at children. It has a humanist view of the world; it is clear that the writer intends to be honest and unbiased, … Continue reading On A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich