Master and Margarita is inexplicably good. Probably a lot has been lost in translation. Bulgakov, at least to me, is one of the most re-readable authors. On par with Zoshchenko. But Zoshchenko is absolutely untranslatable.
@FlyingMonkey you find Gogol depressive? Please elaborate.
On a serious note, re Hirsh: some of us might regret at some point in the future for having been mean to her, a little too harsh to her, for overreacting, etc. We (at least some of us) might feel bad about ourselves and that is not the best feeling.