Behemoth, as I’m sure you can guess, this being Caturday, is a cat. But not just a cat. As it says in this wonderful THE MASTER AND MARGARITA site:
Behemoth is the giant cat, extremely evil and font of firearms, who finds demonic pleasure in challenging people and putting everything in a blaze with a primus stove. He executes the most violent punishments, cuts off heads and is unbeatable with a browning in his hands. And when he gets accidentally hit by a bullit, he just needs a sip of gasoline to regain his strength.
Ain’t it the truth?
You can catch some pictures of him at the perfectly titled Manuscripts Don’t Burn [site now defunct]. [update 3/28/16 site no longer extant] The title is perfect because Mikhail Bulgakov, author of THE MASTER AND MARGARITA, burned the manuscript but then rewrote the novel. “The Master”, the novelist in the novel, also burned his manuscript, but the book was not lost.
Our #4 daughter had a black Persian/Siamese mix who reminded us of Behemoth. Here is his picture.
If you want to wear a gorgeous Behemoth shirt and have more than forty bucks to put on your back, here’s a link to the shirt I want for my birthday (XL, please). The one with the red bits, naturally. While you’re admiring the shirt, you can have fun by making the model twirl around and around. He never gets dizzy and falls down. It’s amazing.
Most of all, I encourage you to buy and read THE MASTER AND MARGARITA. I bought several copies so I could give some away. The Ginsburg translation is the one that was recommended by the brilliant actor, gardener, and poly-linguist, Patrick Bauchau, so that’s the one I recommend to you.
Read it more than once. It’s a different experience every time.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: You see a cat eating mushrooms. You may use any given definition of “cat” “eating” and “mushrooms”.