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Heart of a dog (original 1925; edition 1968)

by Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov

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Title:Heart of a dog
Authors:Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov
Info:New York, Grove Press [1968]
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Tags:weirdfiction, satire

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Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov (1925)

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This is a most unusual book written from the point of view of a dog that is transformed Frankenstein-like into a man after receiving a transplanted pituitary gland and testicle. Written by a Russian author in 1925, it is also a satire of the Russian revolution. ( )
  M_Clark | Jul 7, 2019 |
Ho scoperto questo libro l’ho qui su GR e quando ho letto la trama mi ha incuriosito. Si legge in un pomeriggio sia perché è breve sia perché è scorrevole. E’ ambientato nella Russia dei primi del Novecento ed è interpretabile come una metafora ironica di quel periodo.
La storia è quella di un medico che decide di trasformare un cane, raccolto dalla strada, in un essere umano con un complicato intervento chirurgico. I risultati però non sono quelli sperati e il cane Pallino (che da uomo sarà Pallini) ne combinerà di tutti i colori.
Il cane-uomo impersona tutti i difetti della società ricca dell’epoca ed è, probabilmente, per questo che il libro è stato pubblicato molto dopo la sua nascita avvenuta nel 1920, ad esempio in Italia è uscito solo nel 1967 .
A me è piaciuto molto sia per la sua ironia che per le riflessioni che comunque consente di fare non sono sui regimi politici russi di inizio novecento ma anche sulla manipolazione delle vite e intenzioni altrui. Consigliato per una lettura veloce, satirica e ironica.
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  Feseven78 | Apr 17, 2019 |
It's 1925 Moscow, and a world-famous surgeon has adopted a stray dog. The first part of the story is told from the dog's point of view, as he gets used to his new, and luxurious, surroundings. Gradually, the dog comes to realize that the surgeon has an agenda. The second part of the story is a series of case notes, which describe what the doctor has done; implant glands from a human into the dog. The third part of the story describes the utter chaos that erupts when the dog lives, and turns into the nogoodnik that was his donor. There are a number of very sharp comments in the book that got the novel suppressed in 1925, and would have made it impossible to publish at all scant few years later. But the sheer love of the Russian language and expressions utilized here make this totally hilarious. Poligraph Poligraphovich (the dog-turned-human) is a wonderful and exasperating character, and one that bears comparison to Bulgakov's immortal Behemoth (the more so since Behemoth is depicted as being human in one part of The Master and Margarita). It is worth noting that Bulgakov was a doctor by training, and there's strong evidence it influenced this story. Definitely recommended. ( )
1 vote EricCostello | Feb 28, 2019 |
There is a photograph of me sitting in a gutter in Paris reading this novel. I am rather skinny in the photo. What isn't conveyed is that I was losing my mind. I was abroad and it was a mistake. There was considerable business requiring my immediate attention back home.

There I was. All was resolved upon my return. I think about the novel periodically, especially given the currency of Bulgakov in certain circles.

It would be pithy to suppose that this portal concerning transformation was crucial in my own adjustment of status. It wasn't, but that's life. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Forse ho preso troppo solo in spiaggia per riuscire a scrivere qualche cosa di positivo e significativo su questo libro, dovrò riprendermi perché non ci ho capito una mazza!!!!😌 ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Bulgakov, Mikhailprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aplin, HughTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bromfield, AndrewTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fondse, MarkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ginsburg, MirraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glenny, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Henstra, FrisoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McMillan, RoyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Melander, VivecaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reschke, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This early novella from Mikhail Bulgakov, published in 1925, already shows the surreal comic genius that later produced The Master and Margarita, the writer's masterpiece. A kind of Frankenstein parable, Heart of a Dog is the story of a stray dog that gains a human intelligence after a prominent Moscow professor transplants human glands into the unfortunate canine's body.

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This hilarious, brilliantly inventive novel by the author of The Master and Margarita tells the story of a scroungy Moscow mongrel named Sharik. Thanks to the skills of a renowned Soviet scientist and the transplanted pituitary gland and testes of a petty criminal, Sharik is transformed into a lecherous, vulgar man who spouts Engels and inevitably finds his niche in the bureaucracy as the government official in charge of purging the city of cats.

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