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Heart of a Dog (1925)

by Mikhail Bulgakov

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When a respected surgeon decides to transplant human body parts into a stray dog, he creates a monster梔runken, profligate, aggressive and selfish. It seems the worst aspects of the donor have been transplanted as well. As his previously well-regulated home descends into riotous chaos, the doctor realises he will have to try to reverse the operation; but the dog isn't so keen... Wild, uproarious and deliriously comic, Bulgakov's short novel is at once a comment on the problems of 1920s Russia and a lasting satire on human nature.

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    Michael.Rimmer: Both feature dogs endowed with human intelligence, though they seem to inhabit different ends of the moral spectrum.
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"Corsario, Chispa, Flecha, Barcino, cuatro galgos, personajes dif铆ciles de olvidar, saltan en estas p谩ginas. Sara Gallardo los hizo conocer en su novela Los galgos, los galgos. Pero esta Historia de los galgos circunscribe el variado mundo de aquel libro al l铆mite de su protagonista y de sus perros. Efecto como de lupa: As铆 abreviados el amor, la fatalidad, la ventura, la desventura de los hombres resaltan doblemente. El destino, las gracias con que demora la conclusi贸n de su dibujo hablan m谩s claro, nos perturban.
La autora y la obra recibieron uno de los premios m谩s dif铆ciles de lograr: El Primer Premio Municipal de Literatura". (Descripci贸n editorial).
  Perroteca__ | Jul 2, 2024 |
"Con la intenci贸n de lograr el rejuvenecimiento de sus pacientes, un endocrin贸logo experimenta en el cuerpo de un perro callejero la inserci贸n de las gl谩ndulas seminales y de la hip贸fisis de un obrero reci茅n fallecido. Contrario al resultado esperado, en pocas semanas, el perro se transforma en algo parecido a un hombre. Esta obra es una muestra del talento de Bulg谩kov, ofreciendo una historia con personajes y di谩logos que rebosan humor, iron铆a y sarcasmo dentro de una narrativa din谩mica y de gran riqueza ling眉铆stica. Prohibida en la otrora Uni贸n Sovi茅tica y publicada en ese territorio hasta 1987, es una introspecci贸n y an谩lisis psicol贸gico que va m谩s all谩 de la cr铆tica al socialismo de Stalin, es un espejo que refleja las fallas que habitan en el coraz贸n humano e invita a la reflexi贸n." (Descripci贸n editorial).
  Perroteca__ | Jul 1, 2024 |
LOL at the professor.
He giveth 0 fucks. ( )
  Alin.Llewellyn | Sep 15, 2023 |
Quick, vicious, funny. At times strange to enjoy a piece of satire without agreeing with the views being defended. Granted, part of that was the foolishness of the protagonists, and I will continue to wonder exactly how much of that was intentional. Obviously not my favorite for genre, time, or viewpoint, but fascinating in context. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
A biological experiment carried out by an eminent Moscow scientist goes horribly wrong and turns a likeable mongrel into an obnoxious human being and would-be follower of the Communist party. This novella reads like a satirical, darkly comic parody of Frankenstein. Like Shostakovich, Bulgakov kept an ambiguous relationship with the Soviet authorities. If his magnum opus The Master and Margarita were to be compared to one of Shostakovich's symphonies (the bleak 4th, perhaps, or the enigmatic 5th), Heart of a Dog would be one of the jazz or ballet suites - slighter, lighter but no less hard-hitting. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Feb 21, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Bulgakov, Mikhailprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aplin, HughTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bromfield, AndrewTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ciccotti, CaterinaEditorsecondary 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
Misirkov, BorisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reschke, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Whoo-oo-oo-oo-hooh-hoo-oo! Oh, look at me, I am perishing in this gateway.
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When a respected surgeon decides to transplant human body parts into a stray dog, he creates a monster梔runken, profligate, aggressive and selfish. It seems the worst aspects of the donor have been transplanted as well. As his previously well-regulated home descends into riotous chaos, the doctor realises he will have to try to reverse the operation; but the dog isn't so keen... Wild, uproarious and deliriously comic, Bulgakov's short novel is at once a comment on the problems of 1920s Russia and a lasting satire on human nature.

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