The Fiery Angel is one of the great achievements of modern Russian
literature, as powerful and revolutionary as its contemporary,
Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita. In a vividly
atmospheric recreation of the occult underworld of sixteenth
century Germany, during the age of the Inquisition, three souls
meet; an innocent young man choosing between Love and Duty, a woman
prone to visions and a Knight, who is either an angel or a demon.
Religious experience and sexual hysteria meet in an apocalyptic
vision of the spiritual crisis of modern life. The Fiery Angel is
one of the great novels of decadent occultism.