The Fatal Eggs

The Fatal Eggs

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by Mikhail Bulgakov, Doris Lessing
     
 

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Quite by chance, Professor Persikov discovers a new form of light ray whose effect, when directed at living cells, is to accelerate growth in organisms. But when this ray is shone on the wrong batch of eggs, the professor finds himself both the unwilling creator of giant hybrids, and the focus of a merciless press campaign. For it seems the propaganda machine has

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Quite by chance, Professor Persikov discovers a new form of light ray whose effect, when directed at living cells, is to accelerate growth in organisms. But when this ray is shone on the wrong batch of eggs, the professor finds himself both the unwilling creator of giant hybrids, and the focus of a merciless press campaign. For it seems the propaganda machine has turned its gaze on him, distorting his nature in the very way his 'innocent' tampering created the monster snakes and crocodiles that now terrorise the neighbourhood. An inspired work of science fiction and a biting political allegory, The Fatal Eggs tells of a brilliant scientist whose experiments with life spiral terribly -- and fatefully -- out of control. Written in the early years of Stalin's dictatorship, this remarkable futuristic tale proved so pertinent that, on its first publication, Bulgakov found himself labelled a counter-revolutionary by the literary press.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843914112
Publisher:
Hesperus Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
Hesperus Modern Voices
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
116
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov was born in 1891 in Kiev, the eldest son of a professor at a theological seminary. After graduating from the medical school at Kiev University in 1916, Bulgakov served as a field doctor in the Russian civil war and was eventually transferred to the Caucasus, where he would later decide to pursue a full-time literary career. His brothers enlisted as well, but ended up in Paris, while Mikhail remained in Russia. He began writing around 1916; by 1924, he had completed his first major novel, "The White Guard."

"The Fatal Eggs" was first published in 1925 in the journal "Nedra." Bulgakov faced extensive censorship and criticism for his allegedly anti-Soviet views, and many of his works remained unpublished until long after his death. "The Fatal Eggs," an early short novel, is the only one of Bulgakov’s better known works that was published in its entirety during the author’s lifetime. During his life, Bulgakov was best known for his plays, such as "Days of the Turbins," based on "The White Guard" and rumored to be particularly favored by Joseph Stalin. However, relentless hounding by Soviet critics effectively stifled his writing career by the late 1920s.

In 1930, with all of his plays banned and no theater willing to employ him, Bulgakov wrote to the Soviet government asking for permission to emigrate. Stalin telephoned Bulgakov personally and denied his request, appointing Bulgakov to a position at the Moscow Art Theater instead. During the last decade of his life, Bulgakov continued to work on plays, stage adaptations, and short stories, as well as his best known and final novel, "The Master and Margarita."

Bulgakov died from inherited nephrosclerosis in 1940, leaving the editing of "The Master and Margarita" unfinished. Today, Bulgakov is considered one of the most important Russian literary figures of the 20th century.

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