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Indie folk musician Matt Holubowski enjoyed the surrealism of this 1966 Russian novel

The Montreal musician is reading The Master and Margarita by Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov.
Matt Holubowski is a Quebec-based musician. (Penguin Classics, William Arcand)

Matt Holubowski is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Hudson, Que. Of Polish and Québécois descent, he writes and sings material in both English and French and his latest project is the 2020 album Weird Ones

Holubowski loves to read and is a fan of magic realism and surrealist fiction. He stopped by The Next Chapter to talk about reading The Master and Margarita, a classic novel written by Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov between 1928 and 1940 and published posthumously in 1966.

"It's basically a story about the devil showing up in Moscow and wreaking havoc in a place that lacks belief in religion. He comes and he causes trouble for a lot of people. 

It's absolutely absurd. It's hilarious, it's poignant and it's thought provoking.

"It's absolutely absurd. It's hilarious, it's poignant and it's thought provoking. It came to me at a time where I was really into magical surrealism; I'd been reading a lot of Haruki Murakami as well. It just spoke to me at a time where I needed something a little bit absurd and hilarious."

Matt Holubowski's comments have been edited for length and clarity.

Watch Matt Holubowski perform the song Solitudes on CBC Music

Matt Holubowski | Solitudes | CBC Music

4 years ago
Duration 3:45
Matt Holubowski performs "Solitudes" for CBC Music. 3:45

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