The Heart of a Dog

The Heart of a Dog Mikhail Bulgakov (Estate)
Pub date 1st August 1968
Publisher (UK) Vintage Classics; Penguin Classics; Alma Books
Publisher (US) Melville House




A rich, successful Moscow professor befriends a stray dog and attempts a scientific first by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary gland of a recently deceased man. A distinctly worryingly human animal is now on the loose, and the professor’s hitherto respectable life becomes a nightmare beyond endurance. An absurd and superbly comic story, this classic novel can also be read as a fierce parable of the Russian Revolution.

Praise forĀ The Heart of a Dog

‘As high-spirited as it is pointed. Unlike so much satire, it has a splendid sense of fun.’ – Irish Times

‘A marvellous writer.’ – Michael Frayn

‘Bulgakov here assaults the dour utilitarian lives of Soviet citizens with a defiant, boisterous display of nonsense.’ – The Times


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