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Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov was born in 1891 in Kiev, today the capital of Ukraine. His father was a professor at the Theological Academy. After finishing high school, Bulgakov entered the Medical School of Kiev University, graduating in 1916. In 1913 he married Tatyana Lappa, who moved with him after graduation to provincial villages, where he practiced medicine. He wrote about his experiences as a doctor in his early works Notes on Cuffs and Notes of a Young Country Doctor. James Meek is a novelist, short story writer and journalist. He has published three novels, Mcfarlane Boils The Sea, Drivetime and, most recently, The People's Act of Love, which won the Ondaatje Prize. Andrew Bromfield is a regular translator from the Russian, and has translated works by Boris Akunin, Vladimir Voinovich and Irina Denezhkina, as well as titles by Victor Pelevin.

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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classic (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140455159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140455151
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Divine Play on December 22, 2012
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Mikhail Bulgakov was a brilliant writer who was never appreciated in his lifetime. The majority of his fiction and plays was never published or performed until many years after his death, due to the blindness and hypocrisy of the Soviet censors. This book details the transformation of a good natured but mistreated dog--subject to a hideous experiment in which his brain and genitals are replaced by those of a criminal--into the prototypic "Soviet" man: lazy, cowardly, libidinous, and ready to utilize Bolshevik doctrine to justify appropriating the property of others and satisfying his base desires. He becomes the foil of the aristocratic surgeon who has "created" him, causing the surgeon such vexation as to regret his experiment and resort to a drastic stratagem to rid himself of his "son." Bulgakov was masterful at creating unforgettable characters and spinning mordant dialogue. "Heart of a Dog" is a lesser work than such masterpieces as "Master and Margarita" and "A Dead Man's Memoir (A Theatrical Novel)," but all of his works--in fiction, essay and drama--are amazing.
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