91% done with The Master and Margarita

It’s no surprise the ruling communists were not thrilled with this book – parodying the secret police as a bunch of fools who can’t shoot straight is not going to win you any government friends.

Yet what’s interesting is that Bulgakov does not equate these buffoons with the devil, they are in fact combating evil in this scene, and doing badly too. It’s as if governments are a different kind of power, like Pilate.