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Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
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Sep 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: russia, fiction, humor-and-satire
Read in April, 2012

** spoiler alert ** This is really funny. Not quite on the level of Master and Margarita, but still pretty good.

A Soviet-era doctor, a cross between Pavlov, Lysenko, and Frankenstein, takes in a stray dog and transplants some 'vital human organs' into him. Much to his surprise, the dog begins to transform into a human being. The dog turns out to be a perfect scoundrel, tears up the furniture, swears a lot, hates manners, and promptly joins the animal control section of the local Communist Party, where he kills cats.

There is some deeper satire here about the whole Soviet apparatus, and their attempts to transform humanity, and all that. But this is really funny. I can imagine the original Russian is even better.

Master and Margarita is still my favorite Bulgakov, but this is fine, too.
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Sunny M& M is a classic but this sounds pretty cool ..

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