Heart of a Dog (Mikhail Bulgakov)

Heart of a Dog is a novella by Mikhail Bulgakov. I read the English translation by Avril Pyman.
Finished on: 16.1.2020

Professor Preobrazhensky finds a hurt dog on the streets of Moscow and takes it home. The dog quickly gets used to the good life he has as Sharik with the Professor, but the Professor and his assistant Doctor Bormenthal are actually working on a project – and for that project, they need the dog. When the circumstances are just right, the dog will be the subject of their experiment.

Heart of a Dog is a bit like a Russian take on Frankenstein, with a healthy dose of satire and criticism of the Soviet political system/Stalinism. I enjoyed it a lot.

The book cover showing a dog in a suit.


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