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Part autobiography, part fiction, this early work by the author of The Master and Margarita shows a master at the dawn of his craft, and a nation divided by centuries of unequal progress.

In 1916 a 25-year-old, newly qualified doctor named Mikhail Bulgakov was posted to the remote Russian countryside. He brought to his position a diploma and a complete lack of field experie...more
Published March 1st 2011 by Oneworld Classics (first published 1926)
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"I am a doctor, thrown straight from the university bench into a far away village, in the beginning of the revolution."¹

¹ EXTRA! EXTRA! Now to be translated to a small screen featuring Daniel Radcliffe. And it will be "a new black comedy". I kid you not. I'm still trying to decide how I feel about it.
Mikhail Bulgakov, the amazing Russian writer of The Master and Margarita fame, was a medical doctor by training. Just like the young protagonist of his semi-autobiographical collection of short stor...more
MJ Nicholls
No one likes going to the doctor, even if the doctor is a hunk with the most fabulous cheekbones (like mine), or a hottie with the prettiest ass this side of the donkey sanctuary (like yours). When we look back at the history of medicine, we realise, although (in America) being sick costs money, at least we aren’t having leeches shoved down our pants, amputations sans anaesthesia, or teeth extractions done by nurses. Bulgakov’s short fictions are drawn from his time as a doctor in a provincial b...more
مذكرات طبيب شاب

لو كان الأمر لي لوزعت هذا الكتاب على كل طبيب مستجد، بل على كل شاب يبدأ حياته العملية، حتى يزاوله خوف البدايات، وحيرة الأيام الأولى، التي وصفها بولغاكوف في هذا الكتاب بكل روعة، ودقة.

كتب بولغاكوف كتابه هذا بعد تجربته الشخصية، عندما تخرج طبيباً من جامعة كييف، فعين في سمولنسك في أقصى الشمال، ليعيش التجربة كاملة، وحيداً، بين تلك القرى الثلجية التي لا تعصف بها الرياح المتجمدة فقط، وإنما الجهل والخرافات، متسلحاً بكتبه الطبية، متخوفاً من استدعاء قادم، متخيلاً أسوأ ما يمكن، مستدعياً إلى...more

A Young Doctor's Notebook is a wonderful suite of short stories following a recently graduated doctor as he tackles various medical conditions afflicting the peasants of Russia. That is to say the peasants within his particular domain. Each story is wonderfully sharp and pointed look at the ways in which this particular doctor tackles the issues he is confronted with, each one told from his sardonic and often flabbergasted perspective. There is a hint of irony and humour in how our narrator disc...more
Ghanem Abdullah
أديبٌ روسي، وطبيبٌ في الوقت ذاته(١٨٩١-١٩٤٠)، يستعرض مذكراته عندما أرسِل عام ١٩١٧م، للعمل في إحدى المدن الريفية النائية والفقيرة كطبيب ومدير للمستشفى هناك، يعاونه مساعد طبيب واحد، وقابلتان فقط!

وبالإضافة إلى تواضع الامكانيات المتوفرة، والجهل المنتشر في صفوف الناس هناك، فإن هذا الطبيب لم يمضِ على تخرجه من كلية الطب أكثر من ٦٠ يومًا قبل إرساله!

٧ قصص رئيسية، يستطرد فيها أحيانًا بصورة مبسطة، ومليئة بالسخرية والتهكم، ليذكرَ أحداثًا ومواقف أخرى، ليضعنا في النهاية أمام مفاجأة جديدة هي أنه لم يكن طبيبًا ف...more
Nov 03, 2011 Hadrian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hadrian by: A friend at Hopkins Med
A set of two short stories, about medical life in the early days of the Soviet Union.

The first - actually a collection of even shorter stories, collected together - details the collision of a young doctor, fresh out of medical school, and the crushing responsibilities of being a physician - as well as being in the middle of nowhere, where electricity and drugs are still strange and mysterious things. Funny and tragic in equal measure. Frank in its honesty, and likely semi-autobiographical. Recal...more
I love "The Russians" and so I picked up this book at a remainder table. Also, I liked Bulgakov's "voice" in "The Master and Margarita" --- a book that I've read at least twice without ever really understanding it.

The stories in this book are a series of medical case histories. The background to them is the author's experience as a doctor performing some type of mandatory service in tsarist Russia at a remote country clinic. The case histories are quite interesting, but also the doctor's nail-bi...more
Now you can also watch a British TV show, based on the book: Young Doctor’s Notebook.

I shall risk saying, that this is the best book I’ve found so far, this year. I definitely liked Bulgakov’s style- I loved the raw and precise descriptions of the feelings of Dr. Polyakov and all the operations he performed. Bulgakov definitely provoked my imagination and I pictured the scenes quite clearly.
The seven stories from the series "A Country Doctor's Notebook" monitor the development of Dr. Polyakov as...more
Rachel Hirstwood
What a great little book. I read it through as a novel, but it could equally be dipped into as a series of short stories, as each short chapter is a little capsule of the experisnces of a young, newly qualified doctor with no practical experience, who finds himself thrown in at the deep end when he is assigned a post at a country hospital where he finds himself in charge. (scarey!)

It was funny (laugh out loud), sad, and miraculous. It made me thank all the lovely scientists and researchers who h...more
If you watched A Young Doctor's Notebook with Daniel Radcliffe and decided to read the original stories (like me), and were expecting a rather comical representation of a Russian hospital tucked away deep in the countryside (like me), a bit of a surprise awaits you. That is, while the adaption was very enjoyable, Bulgakov's stories are even better (not that hard to believe, though).
They are not particularly funny (which one would expect based on the mini-series), but there is a strong element o...more
مجموعة قصصية تحكي تفاصيل سنة كاملة من حياة الطبيب الروسي الشاب ميخائيل بولغاكوف،، بدأت بعد تخرجه من جامعة كييف بتقدير امتياز وتعيينه كطبيب في مشفى في قرية نائية في أقصى الشمال في اوكرانيا ...

تحكي القصص معاناة هذا الطبيب الذي بدأ العمل وحيداً دون أي خبرة عملية تذكر،، ليعمل كطبيب عام يقوم بكل شيء بدءاً من خلع الأسنان الى علاج الأمراض الصدرية ثم حالات الولادة المستعصية حتى العمليات الجراحية!!
فضلاً عن ذلك فقد واجه هذا الطبيب القادم من المدينة صعوبات الحياة والفقر والجهل والتخلّف والأمراض السارية في...more
A collection of linked short stories inspired by Bulgakov's youthful experience as a doctor in a remote region of Russia. Newly graduated but expected to run a small country hospital on his own, the narrator learns very quickly how to perform amputations, deliver babies, treat syphilis, etc. As the book progresses, the incidents get darker. There is addiction and assassination... Bulgakov practised medicine in a time and place when the normal contents of a travelling doctor's bag were: morphine,...more
Molood Moosavi
میخاییل بولگاکف رو در ایران همه با کتاب مرشد و مارگاریتا می شناسن!
بولگاکف ، نویسنده ی بزرگ روس ، پزشک بود و این کتاب یه جورایی اتوبیوگرافی یه برهه ای از زندگیش هستش که به قول خودش(اونجور که در این کتاب نوشته) مستقیم از روی نیمکت دانشگاه به روستای دورافتاده ای پرتاب شده بود! خوندن این خاطراتش برای من دانشجوی پزشکی بسیار جذاب بود ولی نمی دونم که آیا برای خوانندگان غیر پزشک هم می تونه همینقدر جذاب باشه یا خیر! ولی قطعا خواندن این کتاب برای خوانندگان غیر پزشک هم خالی از لطف نخواهد بود به خصوص پنجاه...more
This book is unlike some of the other Russian literatures that are incredibly long and almost impossible to finish, but this book is just as intensive and nerve-wracking as the other stories. The writing is very concise, impactful and gives very detailed and emotional description of the young doctor's feelings and thoughts, and the situations in the novel are sometimes so bleak and discouraging that they're funny. This book didn't exactly make me laugh out loud, but there are moments where I'm j...more
Brian Kenny
A collection of linked short stories, based on the eve of the 1917 Russian revolution and beyond. The stories focus on a young and newly graduated Doctor, who straight after his degree, is drafted into the wilds of rural Russia, put in charge of a local hospital. The tales tell of his struggles of performing operations and looking after the districts patients. The Doctors despair with peasant superstition and religious beliefs, clash with his scientific and medical knowledge; along with the pres...more
سويعات تكفي للغوص مبدئيا في هذا الكتاب...
هو كتاب يروي الخطوات الأولى لمتخرج حديث من كلية الطب... خطوات كان يسيرها و الأرض حوله بيضاء الثلج و الزوابع و الرياح تملأ أذناه ... فعاش الوحدة و عاش – و لو لفترة – لمرضاه فحسب...
أحسده بعض الشيء لأن قسوة الطبيعة التي أحاطت به لهي قسوة من نوع خاص – صرفته عن كل ما هو زائل أجوف و صرفته إلى ما به تحققت ذاته و تفعلت جوارحه ...
و كم جالت في خلدي رغبة جامحة في السير إلى تلك المناطق النائية حيث يواجه الإنسان ( و التونسي على وجه الخصوص) الحياة فقط بما له من إنسانية...more
بولگاکف روسی خودش پزشک بوده و تو این کتاب اوّلین تجربه های پزشکی خودش رو روایت میکنه.
توصیفات کتاب به اندازه ست. برای من که اغلب با توصیفات ناملموس و غیرضروری کتاب های خارجی مشکل دارم این یه نکته ی فوق العاده مثبته.
طبیعیه که توصیفاتش شامل چطور شکافتن گلو، رد کردن زایمان غیرطبیعی و قطع عضو و اینا هم بشه؛ که خب برای کسایی که به پزشکی علاقه ندارن آزاردهنده خواهد بود و توصیه نمیشه.
به جز ماجراهای هیجان انگیز پزشکی و حالت های روحی جالب خود دکتر (که از درون ناامید و متزلزل و از بیرون مصمّم و قاطعه) چیز...more
Ruba AlTurki
عام ترى فيه ألوان الحياة والموت وما بينهما مع الطبيب الشاب الذي قذفت به الأقدار ليكون طبيباً مسؤولاً عن ما قد يصل إلى مائة حالة في اليوم وهو الذي تخرج منذ ستة أشهر فقط.
من خوف الجاهل، إلى رعب المتعلم قليل الخبرة ..تتنقل بين الأسطر ويدك على قلبك.. هل سيعيش المريض؟ هل هذا التشخيص صحيح؟
رائعة هذه المذكرات ومشوقة جداً.
Young doctor, fresh from school, was forced to face reality of countryside hospital. The harsh condotions and mistrust were pushing him around to earn trust and sometimes win a battle.
Amr Farah
مذكرات طبيب شاب

طبيب روسي تخرج من الجامعة لتوه ليلقى به في أقصى البقاع بين الجليد ويكون هو الطبيب الوحيد والمسؤؤل عن القرية النائية وضواحيها :) والذي لم يكتسب من الخبرات والثقة في النفس ما يساندهفي مواجهة ما سيلاقيه

الراوي يكتب بنفس وطريقة وكأنه يحاك ما يدور في مخيلتي كطبيب جديد في مواجهة الحالات التي لم تتعامل معها حتى في خلال دراستك بالجامعة ولا يوجد غيرك :)..

أكملت الرواية في يومين وأنا أعيش مع الكاتب وأضحك وأبتسم واستطاع أن يجعلني في أجواء القرية حقيقة :)
Mikhail Bulgakov is now officially one of my favourite authors! Seriously! This man can make you read a book full of all the disgusting details of an amputation, childbirth, even syphilis without making you go, "Eew! I need to puke!"

Written with wit, humour and that rare trait that helps a reader "walk in the the character's shoes," this book is the result of absolute genius in the art of story telling! I now have a new found respect and sympathy for all those who take up the noble job of medic...more
Shelly Sanders
A Country Doctor's Notebook offers a rare and candid look at a doctor's life in rural 1916 Russia. Author Mikhail Bulgakov, trained as a doctor himself, writes with brutal honesty about the peasants he treated and about his own morphine addiction. Though Bulgakov employs a narrator, and likely has changed various circumstances, this thin volume is really his story.
Bulgakov, born in 1891, studied medicine at Kiev University and served briefly as a doctor on the front lines during World War I. he...more
M.k. Yost
Fantastic insight into Bilgakov's experience as a general practitioner in rural Russia during the Revolution, in a part of the country where neither the Enlightenment nor the industrial revolution had touched the community. You can feel for his frustration with the ignorance of the peasants, and the panic he feels by the various cases presented to him.
William Clark  Gayton
Having watched the t.v. show before reading the book, I am surprised to say I am slightly disappointed. The humor from the show is very downplayed and it reads as an authentic journal of a young doctor during the 1917 Russian Revolution(Not that that's a bad thing). The details in the novel do a wonder to immerse you in an isolated hospital in the middle of nowhere, where the young doctor is forced to deal with the day-to-day alings of the surrounding populace. However, some characters are left...more
الطب مهنة ليست عادية أو سهلة بالطبع
إنها دائمًا تحتاج لتخاذ قرار سريع
وقد يكون مخيف أيضًا

الطبيب كما عرفت لابد أن يتحلى بالصبر والحلم والأناة
والقرار الصائب
والمثابرة الدائمة لمعرفة كل دقائق الحياة الطبية ..،
أعجبني الكتاب إلى منتصفه توقفت
لم أستطيع إكماله ، فالترجمة لم تعد تروق لي


Osama Joudeh
كان كتاباً عشوائيّاً التقطته من على رفوف مكتبة الجامعة وأنهيته في خلال ساعتين..والأحرى أنّي لم أنهه فقد بقيت ...بضعة صفحات أرجأتها لحين أن اعود -يوماُ ما- إلى مكتبة الجامعة. فأنا لا أقصدها في الغالب. هذه المذكرات فخيمة وتشدّ المرء إلى أن ينهيها في جلسة واحدة
Мне, как человеку, который вообще всю жизнь с медициной связан и который долгое время собирался поступать на медицинский, было читать вдвойне интересно.
С уверенностью могу сказать, что Булгаков Михаил Афанасьевич - любимый мой писатель из русских классиков.
"Записки юного врача" интересно читать еще и потому, что и сам Булгаков по образованию доктор. Последний рассказ цикла - "Морфий" - заставил о многом задуматься, да и вообще читался с каким-то напряжением, страхом и болью.
Замечательный цикл ра...more
محمود حسني

روحه جميلة ومليئة بالسخرية والعفوية وخفة الظل .. قصص قصيرة بطعم المعاناة والالم ورهبة المواقف و حلاوة الروح في آن واحد ..

احببت بولجاكوف فيها كثيرا ..
Lee Razer
This early realist work of Bulgakov brought so strongly to my mind the stories of James Herriot that I quickly began "hearing" these stories in Herriot's voice as I read them. Newly qualified as a doctor, Bulgakov's alter ego here is sent off to be the sole physician in a rural part of the country in the early part of the twentieth century. There he finds the local peasantry often resistant to the modern medicine he practices and he struggles with a large culture gap. He also struggles with his...more
As wonderful as these stories are, I feel the whole work would have benefited from their being more stories told so as to make a more cohesive whole. Granted, what's here is excellent and I enjoyed each story more than the previous one but considering where this story leads to I felt disappointed this character wasn't explored more.

My reason for thinking there should be more is based on the final two stories. Both the Murderer and Morphine are not told by the main character, we are told these st...more
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Mikhaíl Afanasyevich Bulgakov (Russian: Михаил Булгаков) was the first of six children in the family of a theology professor. His family belonged to the intellectual elite of Kiev. Bulgakov and his brothers took part in the demonstration commemorating the death of Leo Tolstoy. Bulgakov later graduated with honors from the Medical School of Kiev University in 1915. He married his classmate Tatiana...more
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