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In his immortal masterpiece The Master and Margarita, the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov describes the aftermath of a ball given by Satan, who is visiting Stalinist Moscow. The heroine of the tale, Margarita, who becomes a witch as a result of her and her lover’s misfortune, is requested by the Prince of Darkness to be his Queen during this ball. She consents, hoping to help her beloved Master, incarcerated in a psychiatric clinic. However, during the ball Margarita the Queen inadvertently gives hope to a young woman who has killed her child using a scarf. Her eternal punishment had been…

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