- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics (6 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140455159
- ISBN-13: 978-0140455151
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Dog's Heart: An Appalling Story (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 6 Sep 2007
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About the Author
Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kiev in May 1891. 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. He also wrote a brilliant biography of his literary hero, Jean-Baptiste Molière, but The Master and Margarita 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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Top Customer Reviews
I love this book and feel it is something of an ignored masterpiece. Much like `Animal farm' it can be read as straight forward fiction (magical realism) and works well as such. On the other hand it can be read as stinging social satire of Communist aspirations to create a new kind of person, and perhaps more widely on eugenics movements as a whole. As in the author's other works (and indeed many Russian writers of the time), names are very important.
I have seen other reviews commenting that the plot is rather thin, but I find it to be so full of ideas and nuanced that the relatively simple plot is not an issue. It opens and closes written from the point of view of the dog, with a more 3rd person narrative in the middle which allows for a real build of tension as the reader has to piece together what has occurred and draw their own conclusions.
Be aware that this is a novella rather than a full length work like `The Master and Margarita'.
I thoroughly enjoyed Master and Margarita, and this is fully worthy as its little brother.
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delivery was perfect I got the book before due day. I was extremely happy with this product and it was extremely affordable. Huge thumbs up :)Published on 16 Jun. 2013 by Miriam Teehan