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A Young Doctor's Notebook [Kindle Edition]

Mikhail Bulgakov , Hugh Aplin
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Book Description

In this collection of short stories, drawing heavily from the author’s own experiences as a medical graduate on the eve of the Russian Revolution, Bulgakov describes a young doctor’s turbulent and often brutal introduction to his practice in the backward village of Muryovo. Using a sharply realistic and humorous style, Bulgakov reveals his doubts about his own competence and the immense burden of responsibility, as he deals with a superstitious and poorly educated people struggling to enter the modern age. This acclaimed collection contains some of Bulgakov’s most personal and insightful observations on youth, isolation and progress. This edition also includes the famous piece 'Morphine' by Bulgakov.

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'One of the great classics of medical literature' - The Times. 'Bulgakov's struggle with the dark Russian winter swirling outside his window symbolizes the lack of experience, loneliness, and the worry of breaking the Hippocratic oath that gnaws at the sleep of junior doctors everywhere' --British Medical Journal 'One of the great writers of the twentieth century' --A.S. Byatt

'Bulgakov's struggle with the dark Russian winter swirling outside his window symbolizes the lack of experience, loneliness, and the worry of breaking the Hippocratic oath that gnaws at the sleep of junior doctors everywhere' --British Medical Journal

'One of the great writers of the twentieth century' --A.S. Byatt

About the Author

Born in Kiev in 1891 to Russian parents, Mikhail Bulgakov trained as a doctor and volunteered for the Red Cross on the outbreak of the First World War. He later enlisted as a doctor for the anti-Bolshevik White Army, before eventually giving up medicine to concentrate on literature. The Master and Margarita is his most famous work, and has been hailed as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 966 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Alma Books (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALT7C8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kiev in May 1891. He studied and briefly practised medicine and, after indigent wanderings through revolutionary Russia and the Caucasus, he settled in Moscow in 1921. His sympathetic portrayal of White characters in his stories, in the plays The Days of the Turbins (The White Guard), which enjoyed great success at the Moscow Arts Theatre in 1926, and Flight (1927), and his satirical treatment of the officials of the New Economic Plan, led to growing criticism, which became violent after the play The Purple Island.

His later works treat the subject of the artist and the tyrant under the guise of historical characters, with plays such as Molière, staged in 1936, Don Quixote, staged in 1940, and Pushkin, staged in 1943. He also wrote a brilliant biography, highly original in form, of his literary hero, Jean-Baptiste Molière, but The Master and Margarita, a fantasy novel about the devil and his henchmen set in modern Moscow, is generally considered his masterpiece. Fame, at home and abroad, was not to come until a quarter of a century after his death at Moscow in 1940.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Eco Chica TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This compilation of 8 short stories contains the same, but one less, than the Vintage Classic collection 'A Country Doctor's Notebook' by the same author. In the notes at the back, you'll read that they were never intended to be published in one volume, so there is a bit of repetition.

The stories are remarkable. He's newly qualified young doctor and given the enormous responsibility of running an entire hospital, without the assistance of another doctor, together with two nurses and an orderly. The stories are so good, that I've already started to re-read them. I really like his style, each new medical dilemma provokes a shift in his being, I couldn't help but notice there is quite a lot of implied faith in the narrative and so it follows that the notes at the end explain the religious influence on his writing.

I happened to catch the recent Sky Arts screening of the playhouse version, featuring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm. I only managed to see Episode 1 but was immediately drawn in. I wanted to order the DVD, but its not released until January sometime, so I thought I would read the book instead.

What's really intriguing about the transition from page to screen, is the device of using double narrators, often simultaneously, to discuss the past and the present, as the older doctor remembers his early beginnings. The stories themselves however, are much more straightforward and the two time-frames are dealt with by way of interior monologue.

The other really interesting thing about this book (and its screen version) is the treatment of humour. Humour is very difficult to translate from a different language and I wanted to see firstly how the visceral subjects could be made humorous, and also, who or what was at the expense of the humour?
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Too Short 9 Jun. 2014
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A brilliant read.

Bulgakov is a writer who's name should be mentioned in the same tones as other hallowed Russian greats.

This short collection of stories are perfectly crafted, romp along with a passion and skill and plenty of humour. Not to mention the occasional satirical or even direct swipe at the then-state-of-affairs in Russia.

This translation brings life to the work in a way which others I've picked up have failed to do and is well worth seeking out - it really shouldn't be hard - as some can render the prose flat and cold, robbing it of the vitality that it was a) undoubtedly written with and b) wholeheartedly deserves.
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Sorry to confuse or be controversial, but I read this on my kindle and discovered that the story was far to short, hence my disappointment. The book is a reasonably good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 8 Jan. 2013
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fast service and good condition, havent read for a while and found this book funny well written reminds me of a doctor style all creatures great and small, very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars samovar and feldscher 21 Sept. 2014
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This book very well show us the doctor's work in russia in the initium of xx century. I really recommend this book and this seller great condition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars book club read 18 Dec. 2013
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It was OK. Not my sort of read but the others seem to enjoy it. It was quite interesting to note that they abused drugs
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