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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 grand 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 the Dog can be read as an absurd and wonderfully comic story; it can also be read as a fierce parable of the Russian Revolution.

Synopsis:

When a famous Moscow professor attempts a daring scientific first by transplanting the testicles pituitary gland of a dead man into a dog, to his horror the experiment goes disastrously wrong and a human dog is let loose. Unpublished in the Soviet Union for more than sixty years, Bulgakov's first novel is at once a work of superb comedy and a ferocious parable of the Russian Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781860466403
Translator:
Bulgalov, Mikhail
Author:
Glenny, Michael
Publisher:
Harvill Press
Location:
London :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Animal experimentation
Edition Number:
Panther pbk. ed.
Publication Date:
May 1999
Binding:
Trade Paper
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.69x5.04x.41 in. .22 lbs.

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Product details 128 pages Harvill Press - English 9781860466403 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , When a famous Moscow professor attempts a daring scientific first by transplanting the testicles pituitary gland of a dead man into a dog, to his horror the experiment goes disastrously wrong and a human dog is let loose. Unpublished in the Soviet Union for more than sixty years, Bulgakov's first novel is at once a work of superb comedy and a ferocious parable of the Russian Revolution.
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