"Why Pontius Pilate? Couldn't you choose a different subject?" cries the demon Woland to the Master in Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. And well may the Master wish he had chosen something else. His novel about the fifth governor of Judaea, the man who crucified Christ, has been rejected by his editor and savaged by the editorial board. So he has burned it in the stove, and now finds himself in Dr. Stravinsky's hospital for the insane.
- From Pontius Pilate by Ann Wroe