Synopses & Reviews
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.
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 Unpublished in the Soviet Union for more than sixty years, Bulgakov's first novel is at once a work of superb comedy and a ferocious parable of the Russian Revolution.