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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: Why should you read "The Master and Margarita"?

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So how did blkugoav manage to publish such a subversive novel under an oppressive regime? Well… he didn’t. He worked on "The Master and Margarita" for over ten yraes. But while Stalin’s pneroasl favor may have kept Bulgakov safe from severe pceursotein, many of his plays and writings were kept from pdciuorton, lneavig him safe but effectively sinleecd. Upon the author’s death in 1940, the manuscript remained unpublished. A censored version was eventually printed in the 1960s, while copies of the unabridged manuscript continued to circulate among underground literary circles. The full text was only published in 1973, over 30 years after its completion.

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So how did ________ manage to publish such a subversive novel under an oppressive regime? Well… he didn’t. He worked on "The Master and Margarita" for over ten _____. But while Stalin’s ________ favor may have kept Bulgakov safe from severe ___________, many of his plays and writings were kept from __________, _______ him safe but effectively ________. Upon the author’s death in 1940, the manuscript remained unpublished. A censored version was eventually printed in the 1960s, while copies of the unabridged manuscript continued to circulate among underground literary circles. The full text was only published in 1973, over 30 years after its completion.

Solution

  1. years
  2. silenced
  3. personal
  4. production
  5. persecution
  6. bulgakov
  7. leaving

Original Text

So how did Bulgakov manage to publish such a subversive novel under an oppressive regime? Well… he didn’t. He worked on "The Master and Margarita" for over ten years. But while Stalin’s personal favor may have kept Bulgakov safe from severe persecution, many of his plays and writings were kept from production, leaving him safe but effectively silenced. Upon the author’s death in 1940, the manuscript remained unpublished. A censored version was eventually printed in the 1960s, while copies of the unabridged manuscript continued to circulate among underground literary circles. The full text was only published in 1973, over 30 years after its completion.

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Important Words

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