Soviet stamp of 4 kopecks, 1991 Mikhail Bulgakov

The postage stamp above commemorates Mikhail Bulgakov”s masterpiece, The Master and Margarita—and it is better designed than most book covers. Cover’s depicting the cat with the gun are good, but this stamp says more. On the left, you see people tearing down the cross—Bulgakov saw the Soviet destruction of Christianity, as a dangerous thing. To paraphrase Charlie Daniels, the devil came to Russia and there were no more souls to steal.

After Margarita’s maid transforms into a witch, she zaps the neighbor into a hog-snouted broomstick; Bulgakov got the idea from Goethe’s version of Faust; where Baubo rides a sow, on Walpurgis Night. Goethe must have known about the Eleusinian Mystery cult where they sacrifice sows to Demeter and the women jest like Baubo. In this instance, you need a sow jumping over the moon; rather than a cow.

Use of a Halloween style cat denotes the witch theme, but I would have had a gun dangling from the cat’s neck. The ribbon has somewhat of a gun shape; a few changes may have done the job. Satan’s Ball has a bit of theatrics, so I like the theater masks. The couple dancing is a nice touch, too. Bulgakov’s ballroom scene is what interests me because I’m staging something similar—in my novel. My main character is still in Palm Beach; an ideal locale for She-Devils’s Ball. My last post makes it clear that Cerci and Cersei are invited.

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