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The Fatal Eggs

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As the turbulent years following the Russian revolution of 1917 settle down into a new Soviet reality, the brilliant and eccentric zoologist Persikov discovers an amazing ray that drastically increases the size and reproductive rate of living organisms. At the same time, a mysterious plague wipes out all the chickens in the Soviet republics. The government expropriates Per ...more
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Araz Goran

لا يستغرق الأمر كثيراً من القراءة في الرواية لتدرك أنك أمام عمل أدبي كبير وكاتب عبقري ماكر مدهش في رمزيته ورسائله الخفية الجريئة المتدفقة عبر الرواية..

كعادة الكُتاب الروس تجد نفسك في قلب الرواية وفي أجواء روسيا الباردة مباشرة من الصفحات الأولى وربما من السطور الأولى .. حماس يصيب القارئ وهو يقرأ في الأدب الروسي وهذه الرواية خير دليل على ذلك..

يبدأ بولغاكوف روايته بتفحص مكتب صغير يعود للبروفسور بريسيكوف الذي يعمل على إحدى التجارب الحيوية الروتينة وإذا بها تتحول إلى إكتشاف غريب وغير قابل للتفسير ومن
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Fernando
Aug 05, 2016 Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mijaíl Bulgákov es uno de los mejores escritores que leí y descubrí este año.
Hasta la fecha no hay libro que me haya gustado tanto como "El Maestro y Margarita", al que considero una verdadera joya literaria. Ha superado mis expectativas incluso sobre libros como Los Hermanos Karamazov o Stoner, ambos de notable prestigio y belleza.
En el caso de este libro, "Los Huevos Fatales" me ha vuelto a agradar su narrativa tan amena y sus argumentos tan originales. La manera que tenía este gran escritor
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MJ Nicholls
A slim sci-fi novel(la) about a "ray of life" birthing mutant cockerels, snakes, and ostriches which run amok in 1920s Moscow. Biting satirical larks from Russia's best-ever satirist.

N.B. This story is included in "Diaboliad" (Vintage Classics) with other short stories. You might want to save money and get that collection.
Yamini
First half of this book almost reads like a witty story of manners; second half reads like a cheesy horror flick of the 30s—which I wouldn’t consider bad as I love a good ol’ fashioned horror classic (as long it has sufficient cheese).

I ultimately really liked this book. However it is highly likely that the second half will throw many people off as laziness. The way I see it, there are two possible interpretations one might make of the second portion of this story: either Bulgakov just lost hold
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Fatal Eggs, Mikhail Bulgakov
عنوان: تخم مرغهای شوم؛ نویسنده: میخائیل آفانوسیچ بولگاکف؛ مترجم: پونه معتمد؛ تهران، مروارید، 1382؛ در 155 ص
در این داستان، همسر پروفسور او را رها کرده، چون شوهرش تنها به تحقیق علمی خویش میاندیشد. مسئولین ناخواسته و نادانسته امکاناتی به او میدهند. خبرنگاران روزنامه ها و مجله های «عصر سرخ»، «آتش سرخ»، «فلفل سرخ»، «نورافکن سرخ» و چند «سرخ» دیگر، پروفسور «ولادیمیر پرسیکف» را که درگیر تحقیق علمی است، دوره میکنند، و همه اختراعات و اکتشافات دنیا را به نام دانشمندان «روس»
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mai ahmd
Jan 31, 2012 mai ahmd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
هذه الرواية ليست خيالا علميا بل هي رواية ساخرة من الأوضاع السياسية والخيال العلمي أو الأمور الغريبة التي لجأ إليها الكاتب لم تكن إلا فانتازيا ساخرة من الواقع وهو الأسلوب الذي يلجأ إليه بولغاكوف في أغلب رواياته ... مم يسخر بولغاكوف في هذه الرواية !
الواضح إنه يسخر من القادة السياسيين الذين يدسون أنوفهم في الشئون العلمية ويحاولون تسخير هذه الأمور لصالح السلطة فيرتد عليهم الأمر بلعنة لا يستطيعون التخلص منها

الرواية رائعة جدا لولا أن الترجمة كانت حديدية
كيف حديدية لا أعرف ولكنه تعبير استخدمه كثيرا حي
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Ali
Sep 30, 2013 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
thefataleggs

For some time now I have been reading a lot about Bulgakov and his books on Kaggsy’s bookish ramblings – her enthusiasm for him made me want to read some of his work. I wasn’t sure which of his novels I would attempt first, but when I came across a copy of this very slight novel in the library I thought it might be a good one to start with.
The Fatal Eggs is a novel which is a kind of sci-fi satire on Stalinist Russia (right out of my comfort zone really). I took the book away with me
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Sandra
Jul 16, 2015 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia
Questo racconto di Bulgakov non mi è piaciuto particolarmente, comunque meno di Cuore di cane. Forte è la satira bulgakoviana alla politica e al regime comunista ( il racconto è stato scritto nel 1924, in pieno regime), ai politici ottusi e burocrati che pretendono, nella loro ignoranza, di prendere in mano la scienza e servirsene senza le conoscenze adatte per gestirla e così facendo provocano danni incontrollabili alle popolazioni. Un racconto definito di fantascienza, certo lo era per l’epoca ...more
فهد الفهد
بيوض القدر

من سيقرأ لبولغاكوف هذا الكتاب بعد (المعلم ومارغريت) و(مذكرات طبيب شاب) سيقر أنه يمكن لبولغاكوف أن يبدع في أي مجال، سواءً كتب في العالم الخيالي السحري - المعلم ومارغريت - أو في عالم واقعي - مذكرات طبيب - أو في الخيال العلمي كما في هذا الكتاب.

ربما نتردد قليلاً في تصنيف هذا الكتاب على أنه من أدب الخيال العلمي، ربما نعتبره مع رواية بولغاكوف الأخرى (قلب كلب) في قالب خيالي علمي، ولكنهما في أساسهما نقد للمجتمع السوفييتي، وإظهار لمساوئه، وهو ما جعلهما ممنوعتين طيلة حياة المؤلف، بل وحتى بعد و
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Sookie
An odd read even for Bulgakov. The clever and budgeted writer that he is, slows down the narration in the second half of this tiny book. The novella starts off as a hilarious satire on absurd investigations under the guise of science. A bland look on the bureaucratic nonsense that surrounds a professor and his "frog egg" investigation, Bulgakov gently points at the Russian secret police, propaganda politics and the headaches that come with insipid helpers.

Enjoyed but didn't love.
Bjorn
Jul 10, 2016 Bjorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, soviet
Only Bulgakov can get from satire of Soviet bureaucracy to GIANT MONSTERS EATING THE COUNTRYSIDE in a short story and have it make perfect sense. Please, nobody tell the SyFy network about this or they'll buy the film rights in 10 seconds.
Alex Sarll
Weirdly reminiscent of a terrible Asylum monster flick in its none-more-cliched plot. Some science happens! But then The Man takes the science away from the scientist who made the science, so it does monsters. Oh no! The army are not very good at fighting monsters. Fortunately, deus ex machina.

Hell, it even keeps the monsters off-screen most of the time. And when you do see them, they even read like bad special effects.

The difference, of course, is that this was written in Soviet Russia in 1924
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Aliaa Mohamed
Apr 20, 2016 Aliaa Mohamed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
ملخص الرواية في جملة بسيطة " من تدخل فيما لا يعنيه وجد ما لا يرضيه "
Cristina
Aug 05, 2016 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reseña muy pronto en la revista SuperSonic
Pavel Brziák
Sep 07, 2015 Pavel Brziák rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Profesor Persikov, odborník na plazy, náhodou objevuje paprsek, schopný radikálně urychlit vývoj buněk a ovlivňovat živočichy, kteří se rodí pod jeho zářením.
Nedostatečně prozkoumaný objev je záhy využit angažovaným Semjonovičem Osudem, který pod se záštitou strany pokouší obnovit v Rusku chov drůbeže, uhynulý epidemií slepičího moru. Záměnou vajec se ale vylíhnou neuvěřitelně odolní, rychle se množící exotičtí hadi, kteří plundrují Rusko a postupují směrem na Moskvu.

Geniální dílo Bulgakova, kte
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Nathalia Borghi
Dec 26, 2015 Nathalia Borghi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The narrative is a bit confuse but I read this overnight, so...
Dave
Jun 19, 2014 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great short satire. I'm told this isn't Bulgakov's best work. It really has me enthusiastic about the rest.
Martha
Sep 27, 2013 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این هم اثری فوق العاده ،یک داستان فانتزی جذاب با این یپام که "ای انسان در طبیعت دخالت نکن!"
:)
Antonella
Un microscopio.
Un raggio, sottile, quasi invisibile.
Un raggio rosso, percettibile solo grazie alla luce elettrica che lo riflette.
Il Raggio della Vita.
Quello capace di far sviluppare in pochissimo tempo e in maniera esponenziale, uova di rana e chissà cos'altro. Ma è accertato anche che gli animaletti che nascono da tali uova sono un po' troppo, come dire?, aggressivi... Comunque...
Una scoperta sensazionale per l'umanità intera.
Poi la peste... Sì, ma quella aviaria.
E tra sfavillii di luci e ra
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Dilara
Oct 21, 2015 Dilara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Çok üzgünüm Bulgakov'u bu kadar geç okuduğum için. Sitede çoğu kişi bu kitaba 3-4 yıldız vermiş fakat sanıyorum ki bunun nedeni daha önce Bulgakov'un daha da güzel eserlerini okumuş olmalarıdır. Benim ilk Bulgakov'umdu ve ben bu kitaba bayıldım. Daha okumadigim kitapları olduğu için de mutlu ve heyecanliyim.
Kitap ilginc ve sürükleyici, bir o kadar da şoke ediciydi. Bulgakov'un alanı zooloji olmamasına rağmen bununla ilgili bu kadar bilgiye sahip olması, araştırma yapması da hayranlık uyandırıcı
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Portia S
Nov 01, 2012 Portia S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite awesome. I'm so asleep -_-

EDIT: What I liked about this book was that the main character was a legitimate misanthropist. He was a man who was more concerned with his scholarly labours than the ways in which men could use them to help themselves. I loved how he was an acrid and harsh professor to his students, I like that people feared him and that he failed everyone. In short, he's someone I liked a lot. He was a confident man on the brink of greatness. Unfortunately the vapid min
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Randal
Jun 29, 2015 Randal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bulgakov fans
Shelves: sci-fi
Not Bulgakov's best work (see The Master and Margarita), but still interesting.
It's an out-and-out sci-fi story, with a mad scientist, a mysterious (life not death) ray, mutated creatures, etc.
There's also a satirical poke at the USSR that's less overt than those in Master & Margarita or Heart of a Dog.
The ending is a massive copout (the last chapter is called "A Frozen Deus Ex Machina," so I don't really feel like saying the ending is insufficient is a spoiler). It reads like Bulgakov may h
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Lorenzo Berardi
The Russian way of British humour.
This author is widely known for "Master and Margarita" but I think he did his best in short novels such as this one and "Heart of a Dog".

I particularly liked how Bulgakov chose the way of simplicity on writing this kind of sci-fi political satire.
There is any unnecessary word in The Fatal Eggs and I felt the pleasure of the narrator rising up from every single sentence with an effect as much irresistible as in masterpieces like Voltaire's "Candide".

Plus, when B
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Tariq Alferis
.ميخائيل كاتب"بتاع كلو" حتي شبه الخيال العلمي كتب رواية
يتميز الأديب الروسي ميخائيل بولغاكوف هو أسلوب الساخر من المجتمع الروسي . نقذ السلطات بطريقة وأسلوب ممتع ...عيب الرواية الترجمة ..كانت جامدة ..مقارنة بترجمة
اسكندر حبش "لمورفين..تبان ضعيفة ...

لكن المجمل الرواية جميلة ...سخرية من سيطرة النظام السوفييتي ..وتدخل السلطة في العلم ...هياجة الشعب ضد الأفراد وليس السلطة .أيضا جوانب سخرية كانت من الاعلام والصحافة ...الكذب والبلا البلا البلا المخترع ..
Diego
Sep 04, 2016 Diego rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A partir de ahora mi política de estrellitas es la siguiente:
No estrellitas = es terrible/está ok/está muy bien/me ha encantado.
Cinco estrellitas = ¡pero qué maravilla, os hacéis un favor leyendo esto!

Y ya está.
Maram Alawad
Jun 15, 2016 Maram Alawad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
القراءة الثانية لبولغاكوف بعد "مذكرات طبيب شاب" ، والحق أنني لجأت إليه بعد فقداني لرغبة القراءة فقد أوقفت الكتاب الثالث الذي بدأته في منتصفه دون رغبة في اكمال أي شيء، عندها خطرت لي هذه الرواية الصغيرة العميقة في رمزيتها، والتي أضفت عليها لغة بولغاكوف وسخريته جمالية فريدة، ولم تخذلني ..

أتممتها خلال ساعات وجيزة، إنها تتحدث عن السلطات الشمولية التي ما إن تضع يدها على شيء حتى يفسد، متحدثا عن تجربة عالم اكتشف شعاع يزيد من سرعة انقسام الخلايا، يتم استخدامها لاغراض افتصادية "زيادة عدد الدجاج' بطيش لا م
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Emma
Apr 15, 2015 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love HG Wells, you'll love Bulgakov's The Fatal Eggs. It's a wonderful tale of what happens when we get a but overexcited at new discoveries and take them away from the scientists who made the discoveries, much like Wells' Food of the Gods (which Persikov, the protagonist, refers to in the book in a lovely bit of foreshadowing), power and knowledge easily fall into the wrong hands.
I absolutely adored Professor Persikov: academic, highly motivated, humble and disgruntled. The perfect prota
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Pečivo
Sep 05, 2016 Pečivo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hamburger
Oproti Markétce a zápiskům doktora celkem slabota. Ruskej vědec najde v roce 1928 způsob jak pomocí paprsku rozmnožovat žáby. Mezitím začnou jinde chcipat slepice. Nejakej jouda z vlády přijde za vědcem a sebere mu v rámci národního dobra paprsek a s vědomím, že množí slepice, vytvoří monstrhady, který mu všechno poserou (sežerou manželku a tak). Takže něco jako hadi v letadle, zkoušel jsem si představovat, ze vědec vypadá jako Samuel L. Jackson, ale ani to moc nepomohlo.

Žádnej full frontal, nik
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Maureen Lo
What a terrible end for Persikov, Professor of Zoology. The media and the state bureaucrats are to be blamed for the horrifying catastrophe when they took the untested invention called "the ray of life" and started producing mutants. Not realising that the eggs they were using were not of chickens but of reptiles due to a cock-up delivery. Frenzied Moscowian blamed the professor for his accidental discovery, killed him and destroyed his home and lab. This is the 3rd Bulgokov I've read. A Brillia ...more
Rowan Moses
Jun 28, 2016 Rowan Moses rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fatal Eggs is a masterpiece for one reason. It explores how a domination system would react to a Scientific miracle. Bulgakov is my hero for many reasons and the most important reason being, every good is turned into evil when it is in the hands of a system or an ideology that does not respect human beings. Bulgakov like Dostoevsky knows that a revolution without a "transformation of the heart" will only lead to a greater disaster because like Woland notes in the Master and the Margarita, th ...more
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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 Art Theatre in 1926, and Flight (1927), and ...more
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