The Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
Mikhail Bulgakov's absurdist parable of the Russian Revolution. Translated and with an Introduction by Michael Glenny.
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Format: Trade paperback
Condition: good+ condition, minor shelf and aging wear, name of previous owner first page
Pages: 146pp, 1968 edition
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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 seen as a fierce parable of the Russian Revolution