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The Heart of a Dog

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Beware...

    I had no idea that this is in the Russian language; nothing in the reviews or the title of the book revealed that fact, and B&N said they can not do anything for me to either translate it or at least give me a copy that is in English. So, needless to say, I am quite disappointed.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    hilarious

    this book is really hilarious - but may not appeal to people who are not familiar or comfortable with the sense of humor that was common back in the Soviet era. i loved the character of the dog, who gave voice to things that people in the USSR would dar never say back then. a real winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Deliliah

    She sighed. Alright. Go and tell my mate unik what happened.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Living without having read this book would be a sorry example indeed

    Bulgakov is well-known for his wonderful novel THE MASTER AND MARGARITA, and I have read that book several times and always been entertained. I and my friend the playwright Howard Pflanzer even went to the trouble of outlining a screen treatment and a score for it, but it is so huge (not in profundity like THE FIRST CIRCLE , for example) bit in settings and the necessity for special effects, that we could find no one to clamber on board with us. But if you want to read the comedic and scintillating apex of this author's work, HEART OF A DOG is for you. It is only a 100 pages or so, and it will always remain among the greatest examples of the world's literature for me. I'll try for an opera with this one.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    THIS IS A STANDARD WORK OF 20th CENTURY LITERATURE

    Of all Bulgakov's works, and he was a wonderful writer, this one stands out the most for me. It is so good that (and I am sure I am not the first person to try it) I will try and make an operatic score out of it. Mirra Ginsburg's translation is topflight too.

    A note to those completely unfamiliar with this novella: when I was teaching some of the great wave of Russian emigrés who came here in the eighties, a student said to me: "When an American reads HEART OF A DOG he laughs. When a Russian reads it he cries." Find out why . A clue for you: it takes place in the early days of Stalinism. Remember. Enjoy.

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