The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Translated by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is really two novels intertwined: the story of Pontius Pilot and a tale of what happens when the devil visits Moscow. It is not an easy read, especially the Moscow sections which are full of magic and changing identities, but it is worth the effort. The novel about Pontius Pilot, which is the work of 'the master,' is one of my favorite kinds of fiction, a story you know from a different point of view.
Written in 1940 and first published in 1966 (in a censored version) I am counting this book toward the Back to the Classics Challenge as a 'classic which has been banned or censored.' See Logos Books and Records for an excellent overview of the censorship/publication history of this book.