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The Master and Margarita

By Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal

Paperback with flaps, 128 pp, £12.99

The Master and Margarita, beautifully painted in this stunning graphic novel, follows the Devil and his retinue as they systematically wreak havoc in Moscow. Caught up in the chaos are two lovers: the Master, a writer broken by criticisms of his novel about Pontius Pilate, and Margarita, for whom the Devil has his own plans. 

Initially banned by the very bureaucracy it criticised, Bulgakov's satirical novel comes to life in this new adaptation. Mixing absurdity and erudition, it depicts fantastical events with a macabre humour, contrasting mischief and murder with humility and love.

Andrzej Klimowski

Andrzej Klimowski studied at St Martin's School of Art in London and at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. He has designed posters for theatres and film distributors in Poland, and book covers and illustrations for publishers in the UK. He is the author (with Danusia Schejbal) of Behind the Curtain, The Master and Margarita, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Robot. His own graphic novels include The Depository, The Secret and Horace Dorlan. Klimowski is Emeritus Professor at the Royal College of Art.

Danusia Schejbal

Danusia Schejbal was born in London. After studying fashion and textiles at the Ealing School of Art, she gained a postgraduate degree in stage design at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. She worked for major theatres in Poland before returning to the UK and designing for The Cherub Company. Since then, she has worked as a painter, exhibiting in the UK and Europe. She has collaborated with Andrzej Klimowski on the graphic novels Robot, The Master and Margarita, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Behind the Curtain.


"[It] should be on every designer's Christmas list."
— Design Week
"Klimowski remains one of the great illustrators of our time and this book takes him to new territory... Here he seems to be a preternatural master of the graphic novel form. Klimowski and Schejbal's book is a rare work that manages to be both its own thing and a wonderful introduction to Bulgakov's masterpiece."
— The Times
"Majestic art."
— The Guardian