Topic: the Devil & friends visit St. Petersburg incognito
When I read the description of this book, I could sense that it was going to be fun: the Devil and his friends decide to visit the atheistic St. Petersburg, disguised of course, and the predictable trouble ensues. At the end, there’s even a big ball organized by the devil in Hell, where every horrible person is invited and cajoled.
The book is worth reading just for Behemoth – a giant cat with “a penchant for chess, vodka, pistols, and obnoxious sarcasm” – an understatement from Wikipedia. He’s cunning, loves pranks and is just plain FUN. The book can also get deep at times; like most classics it’s a critique of the society at the time – you can sense that Bulgakov wasn’t a fan of the Russian literary societies.