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Coeur De Chien

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Quand MikhaAl Boulgakov publie Coeur de chien en 1925, la Russie soviA(c)tique bA(c)nA(c)ficie d'une relative libertA(c) crA(c)atrice avant la nuit noire du stalinisme qui s'annonce. En d'autres temps le sujet de son roman lui aurait valu quelques annA(c)es de goulag. Que l'on en juge ! Un professeur greffe sur un chien ramassA(c) dans les rues de Moscou l'hypophyse d'un i ...more
Published July 7th 1999 by Livre de Poche (first published 1968)
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In the audible version, the translator was Michael Karpelson. I thought it was very good. On Amazon, i found …more
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"The whole horror of the situation is that he now has a human heart, not a dog's heart. And about the rottenest heart in all creation!"

The recipe for success a la Bulgakov:

# Take a street dog, hungry and flea-ridden and wickedly smart (yes, he can even read - you gotta do that to survive on the cruel winter Moscow streets!).

# Take a brilliant and renown professor with a knack for brain surgery/transplants and desire to advance science.

# Add to the mix a dead good-for-nothing delinquent alcohol
Oct 25, 2016 Warwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite kind of satire is not laugh-out-loud funny; it's unsettling, and disturbing, and beautifully weird. Bulgakov brings it, with this short and vicious fable about a dog who is implanted with the genitals and pituitary gland of a deceased convict, transforming him into a bestial hybrid. It's like reading an early-Soviet Chris Morris script – in fact, what this book made me think of more than anything was this creepy sketch from Blue Jam. Bulgakov seems to offer a similarly discomfiting ...more
Richard Derus
Oct 30, 2015 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4*of five

The Publisher Says: A new edition of Bulgakov’s fantastical precursor to The Master and Margarita, part of Melville House’s reissue of the Bulgakov backlist in Michael Glenny’s celebrated translations.

A key work of early modernism, this is the superbly comic story of a Soviet scientist and a scroungy Moscow mongrel named Sharik. Attempting a medical first, the scientist transplants the glands of a petty criminal into the dog and, with that, turns a distinctly worryingly human an
Aug 02, 2016 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cómo me gusta leer a Mijaíl Bulgákov. Me divierte, me atrae, me entretiene y acrecienta la admiración que siento por él.
Es el tercer libro que leo de este gran autor ruso, luego de "El Maestro y Margarita" que sigue siendo el mejor libro que leí en lo que va del año y de "Los Huevos Fatales", que se asemeja en ciertas características a la historia narrada en éste libro.
Nuevamente es un experimento científico, un descubrimiento de la ciencia, el que Bulgákov utiliza para disfrazar su aversión al
Sep 04, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary by: Kris
Shelves: fiction, 2012, russia
What does it mean to be human? To be an individual? How unfortunate we must be, us, merely to be human beings. We can never escape what we truly are. We can nip and tuck our way around our flaws, but humans inevitably are always their own disastrous downfalls and worst nightmares.

Heart of a Dog is, before anything else, FUN. It's just really damn entertaining. We start with a sort of Woody Allen neurotic type stream of concsiousness narrative from a stray dog, Sharik, who is swooped up by doctor
Jan 08, 2013 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Ronald Reagan used to alarm his Soviet counterparts by saying that surely they'd both unite against an invasion from Mars.
-- Christopher Hitchens


In Soviet Russia, dog's testicles lick you.

What happens when a Russian stray dog meets a early Soviet doctor? Testicles and pituitary glands get involved and a New Soviet man is made. Part Kafkaesque transformation story, part mockery of eugenics and early Soviet attempts at creating the ideal Russian man, Bulgakov's novella is not quite as brilliant a
Sidharth Vardhan
That of a stray dog is one of the hardest lives of all. Always suffering from hunger and being forced to live under open sky come rain or winds. And they are always afraid of people around them - a fear probably born of some violent experience.

Our protagonist is one such dog. The first-person narrative of dog in first few chapter will put a knowing smile on face of anyone who has observed dogs closely.

What follows is a cruel experiement in which some of dog's body parts are replaced with that of
از نظر بولگاکوف در قلب سگ، صرف انقلاب برای سعادت یک جامعه رنج کشیده کافی نیست و انقلاب بدون ایجاد ساختار های اجتماعی منظم، جامعه را به بستر تباهی هدایت می کند. از این نظر شاید بتوان قلب سگ را یک رمان ضد انقلاب معرفی کرد.. یک مسخ کافکایی منتها از نوع روسی..
MJ Nicholls
Mikhail Bulgakov is one of the most overlooked Russian satirists/geniuses of the 20th century.

I’ve read two works of his now, and both have floored me with the scathing cleverness of their satire, the sheer originality of their ideas, and the fact that both these Russian texts – written during Stalin’s reign – are instantly accessible to the modern reader.

The Heart of a Dog (1925) is a short blast against the ‘New Soviet Man’ – a comment on the declining power of Communism and the changing tides
Paquita Maria Sanchez
I'm not even sure where to begin...there is so much going on in this little novella (particularly concerning the Russian government and its sociopolitical policies in the 1920's and beyond), that I'm be afraid that discussing it in detail would only serve to highlight my ignorance on the subject. So here it is! Me highlighting my ignorance on the subject...

I decided to read this story simultaneously with The Master and Margarita with the hope of completing The Heart of a Dog first. I did this na
If your only acquaintance with Bulgakov is Master and Margarita then Heart of a Dog will come as a surprise. It is one of several science out of control, possibly influenced by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells stories.

However what is not to like about this mad scientist story about how things go horribly wrong when the pituitary gland and testicles of a dead man are transplanted into a stray dog? Behold the Soviet new man constructed from death and a dog. No wonder that the opera going, traditionally
Anthony Vacca
Sep 19, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It ain't easy being a dog. No, it ain't easy. Especially when you have to rummage the streets of Moscow, avoiding the bitter proletariat who will kick you and curse you and throw boiling water on your hide, just because you want a bite to eat. And you want to be a good doggie, make no mistake. Everyone wants a friend, even dogs. So you take kindness from whatever hand that offers; and how could anyone expect a good dog like you to do otherwise? Who cares if the pampered hand you have to lick is ...more
Sep 18, 2007 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction, russian
One of the great tragedies of life is that so few people outside Russia have read this, and that I can't imagine any translation could even come close to capturing the setting and language of the original.

Professor Preobrazhensky is searching for a way to restore youth. In his research process, he experiments with replacing a dog's hypothalamus with that of a man, but instead of making the dog younger, the procedure gradually turns the dog into a man, with horrifying results. The book is an expl
Dec 24, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pelas ruas de Moscovo, um escãozelado, esfomeado e maltratado canídeo arrasta-se penosamente ganindo e lamentando a sua miserável vida. E eis que surge no seu caminho uma criatura generosa que, com pedacinhos de chouriço, conquista a sua confiança. Esta boa alma é um conceituado cientista que, na primeira oportunidade, efectua o transplante da hipófise e dos testículos de um indivíduo falecido de fresco (ainda quente, portanto) e transforma o pobrezinho do cão num homem bêbedo, conflituoso e def ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sophie by: Liz
The witty and satirical mood of the book is tangible. Whilst similar to the themes of Frankenstein, The heart of a dog not only deals with eugenics, but is a satire in its purest form. Bulgakov's work criticizes the communist creation of the new Soviet man and highlights the inconsistencies of the system through the eyes of a dog.
Jun 07, 2016 pegah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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مادر ساده دل من بعد خوندن این کتاب میگفت : "یعنی میشه ؟" منم فقط نگاش کردم :)
Guillermo Macbeth
Oct 17, 2016 Guillermo Macbeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela desopilante. En búsqueda de un método de rejuvenecimiento, un médico experimentalista logra que un perro callejero se transforme en humanoide mediante el transplante de algunos órganos humanos, en particular, la hipófisis. Entre la Isla del Doctor Moreau y el mismísimo Frankenstein, Bulgakov explora con ánimo surrealista las desventuras de tal empresa delirante. El perro-humanoide resulta ser un patán, como si la moral estuviera situada en la hipófisis. Esta ficción soviética de 1925 ...more
Finished this with tears in my eyes at 1:54 in the morning, and anxiously awaiting my lecture on it tomorrow afternoon. It's THAT good.

In this short novel, written in the mid 1920's in Soviet Russia and not published until the 80's, Bulgakov manages a few different levels of awareness. The surface level is a moderately comedic story about a scientist that transplants a human's brain into a dog's body, at which point the dog (Sharikov) begins to become progressively "human". The human-like creatu
Chiara Pagliochini
« Ho forse chiesto io di essere operato? Bella roba! Si piglia una povera bestia, le si spacca la testa e poi si fa gli schizzinosi. »

Di questo romanzetto (nel senso più vezzeggiativo del termine) si potrebbe scrivere per dì e dì. Tuttavia non ho abbastanza dì a disposizione per imbastire qualcosa che sia degno di vezzeggiarlo. Questi dì estivi mi sono crudelmente sottratti e consumati dallo stage che sto svolgendo alla redazione di un (più o meno noto) quotidiano, che per comodità chiameremo “G
Parastoo Ashtian
Jul 24, 2014 Parastoo Ashtian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مهربانی. تنها روش ممکن هنگام برخورد با موجود زنده. مهم نیست که سطح تکامل جانوران تا چه حد باشد، اما مطمئن باشید که از راه ارعاب آنها به جایی نمی رسید. همیشه به این نکته معتقد بودم و هستم و خواهم بود. آنها که تصور می کنند با ارعاب می توان موفق شد، سخت در اشتباهند. نه. ارعاب، رنگش هر چه می خواهد باشد، چه سفید، چه سرخ، چه حتی قهوه ای، بی فایده است! ارعاب سیستم اعصاب را یکسره مختل می کند.

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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Heart of a Dog, Mikhail AFANS'EVICH Bulgakov (1891 - 1940)
عنوان: دل سگ؛ نویسنده: میخاییل آفاناسیویچ بولگاکوف؛ مترجم: مهدی غبرایی؛ مشخصات نشر: مرکز فرهنگی و هنری اقبال؛ 1368، در 203 ص

A tail tale of transformation gone awry - by Sharik

Once upon a time the fad was to use the names of animals, body-parts and clothes in peculiar combinations to describe a certain situation. You may have heard of some of these -- the flea’s eyebrows, the canary’s tusks, the eel’s ankle, the elephant’s instep, the clam’s garter, the snake’s hips, the kipper’s knickers, the sardine’s whiskers and the pig’s wings. These nonsensical expressions then evolved into the feline cat’s pyjamas, cat’s whiske
Descending Angel
Sep 13, 2016 Descending Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So fun and charming that i flew through it in a day. A satire of "the New Soviet man". It really is a clever and funny little book. I feel sorry for authors like Bulgakov that never got the credit they deserved in their lifetime. So talented.
فهد الفهد
قلب كلب

في هذه الرواية كمية سخرية مذهلة، وهي سخرية مركزة على ما آل إليه الرجل السوفييتي، أو كما يسميه بطل الرواية الدكتور بريوبراجنسكي البروليتاري، صدرت الرواية بعد (بيوض القدر) في سنة 1925 م، ومنعت تماماً في الاتحاد السوفييتي ولم يفسح لها إلا في 1987 م، وحولت إلى فيلم في سنة 1988 م على يد المخرج الروسي فلاديمير بورتكو، وهو ذاته الذي حول رواية (المعلم ومارغريتا) إلى مسلسل من عشر حلقات سنة 2005 م.

تجربة علمية يقوم بها الدكتور بريوبراجنسكي مع مساعده الدكتور بورمنتال على كلب أطلقا عليه اسم شارك، ال
Oct 23, 2011 Alii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
آخرین عبارت از یادداشت شمس لنگرودی که در انتهای کتاب آمده:
« بیائیم و همچون مایاکوفسکی بپذیریم که «هرگز [جوانان] را از تماشای صحنهیی که هرچند ظاهرش ممکن است نامعقول به نظر آید اما مفهوم علمی عمیقی زیر پوشش رنگارنگش پنهان است، محروم نکنیم... و امیدوار [باشیم که] جسم و جان جوانان ما با مشاهدهی این نمونهی نکبتبار آبدیده شود.»
و بدانیم که ویرانی، نه از بیان حقیقت، بلکه از کتمان حقیقت روی میدهد.»
Oct 18, 2016 Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Desconcertante. Crítica, humor, absurdo: estupefacción. Apunta, con tino, mucho más allá de lo que aparenta.
Feb 12, 2017 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-century
Πρώτη επαφή με τον μεγάλο αυτό Ρώσο συγγραφέα, του οποίου έχω σχεδόν όλα τα βιβλία που έχουν κυκλοφορήσει στα ελληνικά. Βρισκόμαστε στην Μόσχα, τέλη του 1924, και ο καθηγητής Φ. Φ. Πρεομπραζένσκι μαζί με τον βοηθό του δρ. Μπορμεντάλ, επιχειρούν ένα τολμηρό ιατρικό πείραμα: Μεταμοσχεύουν σ'έναν αδέσποτο σκύλο ονόματι Σάρικ, την υπόφυση και τους όρχεις ενός πρόσφατα πεθαμένου νεαρού άντρα. Η έκβαση του πειράματος είναι αναπάντεχη (ή ίσως και αναμενόμενη). Ο αγαθός Σάρικ, ένας φυσιολογικός σκύλος, ...more
When I first read The Master and Margarita in college, it was love at first sight. I don't know why I didn't consider picking up more Bulgakov, but now I have - and I want more. I love him. so much.

This is what I want when I want satire. This is what I mean when I say dark comedy. It's grotesque and hilarious. It's what I wish Tim Burton's movies were more like.
Jun 11, 2015 Osric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
خیلی لذت بردم، روایت های روان و روند داستانی تند، شاید اگه نویسنده ی دیگه ای می خواست این داستان رو بنویسه تا 400 یا 500 صفحه می نوشت ولی بولگاکف خیلی ماهرانه و بدون لطمه زدن به حس و حال داستان تو کمتر از 200 صفحه کتاب رو تموم کرده.

اتفاقات داستان انقدر سریع و بی حاشیه رخ می دن که خواننده به هیچ وجه خسته نمی شه.

خوندنش زیاد زمان نمی بره، پیشنهاد می کنم حتما بخونید.
Dec 22, 2015 Pri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αναφέρομαι στις εκδόσεις ΣΤΟΧΑΣΤΗΣ. Πολύ κακή έκδοση. Η μετάφραση έγινε από τα αγγλικά και ήταν απογοητευτική. Με "μπανγκ", "γύρισε ένα γύρο" και "θερμοκρασία 109 βαθμούς" (προφανώς Φαρενάιτ) Θάνο Σακκετα να ξέρεις, σε ψάχνω!

Από την άλλη, το βιβλίο είναι καλό. Ο Μπουλγκακοφ (γνωστός για την αντιπάθεια προς το προλεταριάτο) αποδεικνύει το λογοτεχνικό του ταλέντο.
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Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kyiv, Russian Empire (today Ukraine) on May 15 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 Art Thea ...more
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