Heart of a Dog

Heart of a Dog

by Mikhail Bulgalov
     
 

Mikhail Bulgakov's absurdist parable of the Russian Revolution.

A world-famous Moscow professor-rich, successful, and violently envied by his neighbors-befriends a stray dog and resolves to achieve a daring scientific "first" by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary gland of a dead man. But the results are wholly unexpected: a distinctly and

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Mikhail Bulgakov's absurdist parable of the Russian Revolution.

A world-famous Moscow professor-rich, successful, and violently envied by his neighbors-befriends a stray dog and resolves to achieve a daring scientific "first" by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary gland of a dead man. But the results are wholly unexpected: a distinctly and worryingly human animal is on the loose, and the professor's hitherto respectable life becomes a nightmare beyond endurance.

As in The Master and Margarita, the masterpiece he completed shortly before his death, Mikhail Bulgakov's early novel, written in 1925, combines outrageously grotesque ideas with a narrative of deadpan naturalism. The Heart of a Dog can be read as an absurd and wonderfully comic story; it can also be read as a fierce parable of the Russian Revolution.

Editorial Reviews

Nigel Jones
A blanket of silence succeeded in muffling, but never entirely stifled, his voice. An underground reputation persisted. Young people gathered each week on the stairway of his last home in Moscow's Arbat quarter to read from, act out and debate his work. In the West, in the theatre and literature, he is relished as one of the greatest of modern Russian writers, perhaps the greatest. -- The Independent
Library Journal
Published in 1967, 1975, and 1968, respectively, these display Bulgakov's satiric eye on Russian life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860466403
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.41(d)

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Joyce Carol Oates
Bulgakov is richly inventive, with an eye for the grotesque and the satirical.
—(Joyce Carol Oates)

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