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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
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Published March 1st 2011 by Oneworld Classics (first published 1925)
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Joon Rhee I read two translations of the book, and from what I see, there are only two translations of the book: Michael Glenny and Hugh Aplin.

Honestly,…more
I read two translations of the book, and from what I see, there are only two translations of the book: Michael Glenny and Hugh Aplin.

Honestly, Glenny's translations were better. There's a lot of original details and left out or transformed so a modern reader could relate to the material more, but it isn't as incomprehensible as Aplin's. One incredibly minor detail was Glenny's use of "miles" instead of "versts."

Aplin's translation was difficult to read, and I'm not entirely sure if it's due to direct translation or not. There are some details added, but I don't think every detail was added either. The syntax and prose is spotty, and at some moments I even questioned the translator's word choice. One minor example was Aplin's use of "dad," which the physician called some of his elderly patients. Honestly, "mister" could be a better substitute. Even if Bulgakov literally used "father" in the text, a footnote could've been added to explain Slavic honorifics.(less)
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Heba
Mar 26, 2016 Heba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ميخائيل بولفاكوف...انت لم تولد لكي تكون طبيباً فحسب بل لتكون أديباً بارعاً يمتلك روحاً إنسانية راقية...
مذكرات طبيب حديث التخرج يتولى مشفى فى احدى القرى بالريف الروسي...
يواجه حالات مرضية مُعقدة وعليه ان يواجه المصير وحده
دون مؤازرة أو توجيه من أحد...
أن يعيش الطبيب فى حياة مُلتفة من البياض ممزوجة بالدماء ...ليس ثمة أرض ولا سماء
يقفز النوم من عينيه سريعاً كالبرق ..يلجأ للدليل الطبي لكى يُنقذه ويُعرفه تشخيص الحالة وكيفية مُعالجتها ..أمر صعب وليس بالهين...
أن يبحث في أعماق روحه عن كلمات دافئة تمحو عذاب
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Nataliya
"I am a doctor, thrown straight from the university bench into a far away village, in the beginning of the revolution."


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 storie
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Fahad
Jan 28, 2012 Fahad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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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
Guna
Jan 13, 2013 Guna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sinem
Aug 12, 2016 Sinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kendisi de bir doktor olan Bulgakov un 1924-1927 yılları arasında "Tıp İşçisi" dergisinde yayınlanan birbirinden derinlikli birbirine geçmiş caanım öyküleri...
Ghanem Abdullah
أديبٌ روسي، وطبيبٌ في الوقت ذاته(-)، يستعرض مذكراته عندما أرسِل عام م، 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 يومًا قبل إرساله!

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 في تخصص واحد، بل
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Antonomasia
Feb 10, 2016 Antonomasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Antonomasia by: PM
Alma Classics edition, translated by Hugh Aplin

(James Herriot - animals) + human patients + Russian lit = great stuff.

Only days after I'd read about another young early twentieth-century Russian rural doctor, Lydia Kochetkova, in Mikhail Shishkin's essay and story collection Calligraphy Lesson, an online friend recommended this, among other Russian books. It's nice to follow up that sort of conicidence where possible. Young / Country Doctor's Notebook was also made into a TV series quite recentl
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Jonathan

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
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Somayeh
Aug 12, 2015 Somayeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
میخائیل بولگاکوف را به عنوان نویسنده ی مرشد و مارگریتا و دل سگ میشناختم، اما بولگاکوف در این کتاب یک پزشک جوان است که به قول خودش مستقیم از روی نیمکت دانشگاه به روستایی دور افتاده پرتاب شده.
در هشت داستان کوتاه این مجموعه دکتر بولگاکوف جوان داستان هایی از زندگی و دوران کارآموزی خود در قصبه ای دور افتاده را روایت میکند. در کنار وجه قصه پرداز و سرگرم کننده داستانها و زبان شیرین راوی، هر از گاهی ردی از قلم شیوای نویسنده ی سرشناس را نیز میبینیم، به ویژه داستان مورفین که گویا آنهم برگرفته از تجربیات ش
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Moujan Taghavi
Aug 20, 2016 Moujan Taghavi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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همین طوری برای خرید کتاب به عنوان هدیه رفتم شهر کتاب. با داشتن آن همه کتاب نخوانده دلم نیامد کتاب برای خودم نخرم. این کتاب رو نگاه کردم و جالب به نظر اومد خریدمش.
جالبه شرح داستان تجربه های اولش در پزشکی به همراه وصف دوران معتاد بودن هم کلاسی اش از زبان خود آن فرد. خواندنش خالی از لطف نیست. به نظر برای پزشک ها و دانشجو های مربوط به پزشکی کتاب خوبیه برای خواندن.
داستان پسری است که پس از فارغ التحصیلی از دانشگاه برای گذراندن دوران خدمتش به روستای دوری اعزام می شود و در انجا تنها دکتر موجود هست و ب
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أميرة عتمان
May 25, 2014 أميرة عتمان rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctors and Medical students.
كتاب جميل جدا

بيتهيألي كل طبيب شاب لسه بيتعلم و لسه بيبتدي حياته المهنية لازم يقراه

بيحكي عن لحظات هنمر بيها كلنا

لحظات التجربة الأولي ,

الدهشة

الخوف

التردد

قلة الخبرة

ثم تليها

لحظات النجاح

الثفة بالنفس

الخبرة

و قد تصل إلي الغرور

ثم تٌفَاجأ بعدها بأمراض و أعراض لم تَرها من قبل

و تخطئ في التشخيص

فتدرك عندها أن الطريق لا يزال أمامك طويلا

و أنك مهما تعلمت دائما ستجد ما يُدهِشك و ما يُربكك

و أنه لا سبيل أمامك سوي أن تتعلم و تقرأ و تقرأ و تقرأ
Hadeer  Alasady
Jul 19, 2016 Hadeer Alasady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اشعر بأني وجدت هذا الكتاب في الوقت المناسب جدا فأنا مقبلة على كلية الطب وقد اتخذت قراري وقدمت لها مع اني خائفة جدا من هذه المهنة ومن دراستها الصعبة...الكتاب جميل جدا والسرد جاء بطريقه رائعة يشد القارىء على المواصلة ويجبره على متابعة القراءة ليعلم ماذا حصل لهذا الطبيب الشاب..في كل مرة يتملكني الخوف واشعر بأنها نهاية الطبيب قد تكون هنا لكنه ما يلبث ان يطمئننا وتتحسن حالة المريض من جديد..زرع فيّ هذا الكتاب الخوف في لحظات وفي لحظات اخرى الحماس والامل بأن القادم افضل..سيكون مشوار حافل بالصعوبات وسأند ...more
امیر
Aug 12, 2016 امیر rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
انتظار بیشتری از نویسنده ی مرشد و مارگاریتا داشتم. در مجموع کتاب خوبی بود. سومین کتاب بوگاکف بود که میخوندم. مرشد و مارگاریتا بهتر از همه بود . قلب سگی رتبه ی دوم میگیره و این کتاب رتبه ی سوم .
کتاب تجربیات شخصی نویسنده بود . چه شروع به کار به عنوان پزشک چه شرح مفصل( و انصافا قوی ) اعتیاد پزشک جوان.
دلم برای شخصیت معتاد کتاب که اخرش فوت کرد سوخت.
Sarah
25/7 - I think this might be the best 'literary classic' I've read since the last time I picked up an Austen or Bronte. If you take a look at my 'literary classic' shelf you'll find a lot of three star and under books. Nabokov, Hesse, Baldwin, Conrad et al have all fallen under the label of 'literary classic' which, for me, has come to signify a dreary and boring book full of themes that I won't understand. Luckily, that wasn't the case with A Young Doctor's Notebook. In fact it reminded me stro ...more
Michael
A Young Doctor’s Notebook (also known as A Country Doctor’s Notebook) is a semi-autobiographical collection of short stories published early in Mikhail Bulgakov writing life in Russian medical journals. Bulgakov was educated at the Medical Faculty of the Kiev University, though his interest lied in theatre. When World War I broke out, he volunteered with the Red Cross. He was sent directly to the front lines to work as a medical doctor and was badly injured on two separate occasions.

In 1916 Mikh
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Vassiliki Dass
May 29, 2016 Vassiliki Dass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το χιούμορ του Μπουλγκάκωφ μου ταιριάζει απόλυτα. Και σ'αυτό το βιβλίο που είναι από τα πρώτα του ειναι ήδη ευδιάκριτο και παρόλες τις δύσκολες περιστάσεις που περιγράφει εγώ γελούσα πολύ με τον τρόπο που σκεφτόταν ο γιατρός. Μου θυμίζει τον εαυτό μου και όλες αυτές τις φοβίες που έρχονται και ξανάρχονται για να καταλήξει η πραγματικότητα τελείως διαφορετική. Για τους φαν του συγγραφέα ένα βιβλίο που πρέπει να διαβάσουν οπωσδήποτε
Sareh Ghasemi
Feb 15, 2016 Sareh Ghasemi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مرشد و مارگریتا رو که خوندم گفتم وااای عجب نویسندهای... حالا با خوندن این کتاب باید بگم عجب پزشکی!
بسیار لذت بردم از خوندنش... کاش مجموعهی وسیعتری میبود!
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Mahshad Blue
Aug 22, 2015 Mahshad Blue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ماجرا هاي اين كتاب تقريبا صد سال پيش اتفاق مي افته.
خوندن اينكه علم پزشكي تو صد سال چه پيشرفت عظيمي كرده كه با يه قرص كوچيك ميشه خيلي از بيماري هايي كه هزاران نفر رو در سال ازبين ميبردن درمان كرد خيلي جالب بود.
داستان مورفين كه حتي به عنوان يه داستان مستقل هم چاپ شده بوده از همه ي داستان ها بهتر بود.كسي كه معتاد باشه بعد از يه مدتي از اعتيادش متنفر مي شه واي به حال كسي كه پزشك باشه و به مورفين معتاد بشه.خودش كاملا مي دونه چه بلايي داره سر خودش مياره ولي هيچ كاري نميتونه براي خودش انجام بده.
تجربه ي
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Tariq Alferis
Oct 20, 2014 Tariq Alferis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.قصص لطبيب شاب ...يقع في فخ الحياة العملية بعد التخرج ويكون رئيس مستشفي في بلدة نائية ،يكتشف ان الحياة النظرية وكلام الكتب بعيد عن العمل العملي والمشاهدة .....الكتاب جميل جدا ...لكن بدل مايعطني جرعة أنه نستمر في كلية النحس هذي ...أيقنت ان الأمر أصعب من هكي ...التضحية شى كبير ..الطبيب ضَحى حتي بفترة استحمامه ونومه لمساعدة الناس ، واني مش زيه باش نضحي بشيء هذا ...لكن بعدين اتفكرت شئ انه في بلادي كل سنة يتخرج أكثر من 1000 طبيب يعني ...مش حانمر بتجارب هلبا لو صار ..وصار مني طبيب يعني .

بالنسبة لـ ..
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Mir
Jul 09, 2016 Mir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
10/10
Rana
Jun 14, 2015 Rana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
:)
Sara
Do I express my thoughts lucidly?
I think I do.
What is my life? An absurdity.
(Morphine)


An absurdity indeed. Do I like going to see the doctor? No. Have I been six times in the last three months? Yes. The moment my son breaks out in a rash it’s a red alert for the family. He isn’t even four months old and he’s so comfortable in the surgery waiting room that he prefers sleeping there to sleeping in his crib, it’s ridiculous. There’s a level of anxiety I now feel going into the doctor’s office beca
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Caroline
Dec 03, 2014 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
Graphic and atmospheric stories about a new MD sent to practice alone in a remote rural clinic during World War I. He immediately realizes that his education didn't prepare him for the everyday cases that arrive endlessly: threshing accidents, difficult births, diphtheria, syphilis etc etc. He relies on gut instinct and the advice of three assistants who have worked in the clinic for many years with many different doctors. Gradually he acquires much of the knowledge he needs.

But he is so isolate
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Molood Moosavi
Dec 31, 2013 Molood Moosavi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Toni
Dec 15, 2012 Toni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
description
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
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Chris
Oh to be a doctor in rural apparently was not a good thing because the people would not listen when you tried to tell them about STDs, in particular, syphilis
Oh, to be a patient in rural Russia where doctors come after graduating and having no experience.
This is the basis for the Ovation/BBC series of the same name, and a reader can see why it had so many champions for adaption. IT is at time poignant and at times very funny. It feels very true. It should be noted that if you have seen the ser
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L'arnacouer
Jul 31, 2016 L'arnacouer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her hikayeden ayrı keyif alarak, etkilenerek okudum.

Mükemmeldi.
Üzerine söyleyecek bir şey yok.
عدنان
Jun 18, 2015 عدنان rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ميخآئيل هو طبيب وأديب روسي، عمل سنين معدودة في الطب ثم تركه - برغم تميّزه في الجامعة وفي الممارسة- لكتابة الروايات و المسرحيات، وهو ما أُشتهر به.

في هذا الكتاب يتحدث ميخآئيل عن تجربته في الخدمة الإلزامية،ففي العام 1916 م وبعد 48 يوماً فقط من تخرُّجه أُرسل إلى مستشفى في قرية ليكون هو مديرها و الطبيب الوحيد فيها بدون أي خبرة عملية على الإطلاق، ولمدة عام كامل، في منطقة نآئية ليس فيها كهربآء ولا محطة لسكة الحديد و لا تصلها الصحف إلا قليلاً.

الكتاب مقسّم إلى سبعة قصص، كل قصة تحمل عنوان وضعه ميخائيل لح
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Nur Ötken
Jun 13, 2016 Nur Ötken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Üniversiteden yeni mezun olmuş genç ve acemi bir doktorun Rusya'nın ücra bir bölgesinde yaşadıklarını konu alıyor kitap genel olarak. Çok güçlü bir anlatıma sahip bir kitap. Zaten Bulgakov'un Köpek Kalbi'nden sonra okuduğum ikinci kitabı oldu ve beni yanıltmadı. Kitap doktorun anıları şeklinde onun bakışından kaleme alınmış ve okurken onun duygularını, korkusunu, endişelerini ve acemiliğin getirdiği sıkıntılarını sonuna kadar hissediyorsunuz. Arka planda devrim zamanı Rusya'sının açık bir portre ...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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“Ah, what stars there are in the Ukraine. I’ve been living in Moscow almost seven years, but I still feel drawn to my homeland. My heart aches, I get a terrible urge to board a train and be off. To see the cliffs covered in” 2 likes
“I was not even aware of getting dressed, which was no simple matter: trousers and shirt, felt boots, over my shirt a leather jerkin, then an overcoat topped by a sheepskin, fur hat, and my bag containing caffeine, camphor, morphine, adrenalin, clamps, sterile dressings, hypodermic, probe, a Browning automatic, cigarettes, matches, watch, stethoscope.” 1 likes
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