Heart of a Dog

by Mikhail Bulgakov, Mirra Ginsburg

Mikhail Bulgakov’s absurdist parable of the Russian Revolution.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 gland of a deadman.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 126 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.14 out of 5
  • Published January 21st 1994 by Grove Press
  • Original Title: Собачье сердце
  • ISBN: 0802150594 (ISBN13: 9780802150592)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Philip Philipovich Preobrazhensky
  • Poligraph Poligraphovich Sharikov

Mikhail Bulgakov’s absurdist parable of the Russian Revolution.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 gland 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 a Dog can be read as an absurd and wonderfully comic story; it can also be read as a fierce parable of the Russian Revolution.