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Genç Bir Doktorun Anıları

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Devrim zamanı Rusya… Karakışı aratmayacak kadar soğuk, kasvetli bir eylül günü, tıp fakültesinden yeni mezun olmuş bir doktor, şehirde çoktan unutulmuş geleneklerin ve boş inançların hüküm sürdüğü uzak bir kasabaya gelir. Devrim, büyük şehirlerin merkezlerinde hayatı ve zihniyetleri altüst ederken, bu genç doktor ülkenin ücra bir bölgesinde kadercilikle ve batıl inançlarla ...more
Paperback, 1. Baskı, 168 pages
Published January 2015 by İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları (first published 1925)
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J R 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'…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 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)
Jonas The first season - yes, very similar to the book.
The second season - not related at all.…more
The first season - yes, very similar to the book.
The second season - not related at all.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Записки юного врача = Zapiski yonogo vracha = A Country Doctor's Notebook = A Young Doctor's Notebook, Mikhail Bulgakov

A Young Doctor's Notebook "A Young Doctor's Notes", also known as A Country Doctor's Notebook, is a short story collection by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. The stories were written in the 1920s and inspired by Bulgakov's experiences as a newly graduated young doctor in 1916-18, practicing in a small village hospital in Smolensk Governorate in revolutionary Russia.

"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
Vit Babenco
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title of A Country Doctor’s Notebook tells everything about the subject of the book…
How does it feel when a young doctor – an absolute greenhorn – just after the university in the capital city finds himself in the sticks where everything depends on him?
Where has the world disappeared to today, my birthday? Where, oh where are the electric lights of Moscow? Where are the people, where is the sky? I look out of my windows at nothing but darkness…
We are cut off; the nearest kerosene lanterns ar
Steven Godin
Written between 1924 and 1927, these short stories are a mile away his most famous novel 'The Master and Margarita', here instead adopting a raw, realistic account of his experiences as a 24 year-old doctor in remote north-west Russia, where he was put in charge of a small hospital and left to get on with it, sometimes in conditions that were dreadful. Isolation is a big thing running through the book, the distance from civilised society weighs heavily on the soul. Alone at night in his study, w ...more
Jan 06, 2013 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
Lynne King
This is an utterly inspiring book. There is something that is so splendid about Russian authors. I don't know whether it is the awful weather, perhaps even the politics and the oppressive society but the works on the whole are excellent.

I'm presuming that this book of nine short stories is autobiographical as Mikhail Bulgakov was actually a doctor but gave up the practice after four years at the age of twenty-nine to embrace a life of literature.

The nine short stories are dark, chilling weather
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a medical student, I am naturally terrified of what I might have to face out in the real world.
Well, this book -portraying a young Russian doctor's experience of practice in a small village hospital- confirms that my worst nightmares probably will come true and I'll be faced with every gory scene that I can imagine.

Well...we'll just have to see how it goes then
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
Caro the Helmet Lady
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: med students
I absolutely loved it. Gosh, I could have more stories with the same characters! It was too short.
Jonathan Terrington

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
Jan 29, 2016 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
English title: A Young Doctor's Notebook or A Country Doctor's Notebook

Wavered between 4 or 5 stars, because of course there were some slightly weaker stories in the collection and it could be argued that the stories start to get repetitive, but I think I'm going call it 4.5 stars. It's a solid collection, beautifully written, and touching on important themes in the medical profession.

These nine short stories follow the early years in the career of a newly qualified doctor, who is sent to wo
Sonja Arlow
3.5 stars

For anyone that have read The Master and Margarita the foreword makes it clear that this collection of stories are in a different genre, more realistic, more down to earth and a book that the author was never able to publish in his lifetime.

The foreword also makes it clear that this book is much more autobiographical than what you would assume at first glance. The author was also a doctor, posted to some god forsaken outpost in Russia where it feels like perpetual winter, he was also co
Asha Seth
Part fiction, part memoir, this anthology of stories, gives the reader a peek into a young doctor's mind and initial years of life, who is skeptical about his capabilities in the profession.

The horrors varied patients unleash upon his soul has him biting his nails at every other medical case that knocks upon his door, but how the same horrors also aid him in transforming into the most revered medical practitioner of the town, amidst people as ignorant as kids, here's why -

“Doctor!’ she exclaime
Liina Bachmann
There was ice rain where I live today. Meaning that there was subzero temperature and at the same time it was raining. It turned all the streets into skating rinks instantly. It was literally impossible to walk. I walked the dog and did it in a true penguin fashion - hands stretched to the sides, feet wide apart, taking tiny clumsy steps. But in the end, it all turned out well - I didn't fall and made it home safely.

The comforting feeling of a tense situation turning out well at the end is pres
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
Into the darkness of the Russian winter

This collection of stories brings the reader to the realm of 1916-18 in the midst of rural Russia. It turns out that as a young man Bulgakov served as a doctor in the country provinces close to Smolensk and this collection of stories were written an early period of his life (published in medical journals). I did not quite know what to expect. I adored his Master and Margarita with its surreal atmosphere and story line. However, this was a delightful reading
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, albeit too short collection of both real and embellished tales of Bulgakov's (often utterly hilarious) trials and travails as a country doctor. As a nurse, it was particularly enjoyable to read about his neuroses about his inexperience as a doctor and fear of being confronted with a difficult case. His country experiences were certainly wild, with sleigh rides through blizzards chased by wolves and more. Near the end there were two stories of a particular more somber nature; one of ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
A marvellous collection of 9 short stories by Mikhail Bulgakov, the first seven of which are sufficiently closely linked to be read as chapters of a novel.

Bulgakov is best known for his acknowledged classic "The Master and Margarita," but he originally trained as a doctor. These stories are I believe to be treated as fiction, but were "inspired" by his real life experience of being sent from his home in Kiev to a remote country district in the Smolensk region in 1916. As the preface to the book
Sarah (needs a break from reviewing)
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
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading has been slow, the days have been exceedingly fast, the nights, not long enough to make up for the life missed in the days spent working, felt like page-breaks. It starts to snow at night and it looks like this winter just has enough power to keep with it throughout the day. So here's what I do, I thought, here's what I do, I'm going to grab a book that looks and feels just like the landscape outside my window - chilling. And so A Young Doctor's Notebook moved from a shelf where it spent ...more
Цветозар Бонев
I tried reading "The Master and Margarita" quite a while back and had to give up because of the strange style of the author. I'm glad to say that in his short stories about a country doctor Mikhail Bulgakov prevails, at least in my eyes, as a true talent. The gritty descriptions of a doctor's life in the middle of nowhere that span the first 80% of this books are just masterfully written and so eerily enjoyable. I did not find the chapter about Morphine as enticing though and the finishing story ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I liked this book of short stories.

The stories within are very simple but i found them to be well written and pithy. The book is certainly very different from his masterpiece The Master and Margarita but well worth a read.
A quick read that's somewhat repetitive at first, but which then gets better and better. ...more
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brilliance, genius
Partly fictional account of Bulgakov's time as a doctor. Absolutely brilliant, in turns powerful, funny, moving, dramatic, and the imagery is fantastic, some of the operations truly horrific. If Bulgakov endured even half of what he described then he had a cast iron gut and an iron will. Masterly writing as always from one of those "old" Russian writers. ...more
Lucia Gannon
This book makes me glad I am not a rural general practitioner in Russia in 1916. It actually took me a while to feel warm after reading this, the descriptions of the cold, darkness and snow blizzards were so stark and vivid.

I can certainly identify with the self-doubt and fear that is the constant companion of the newly-qualified doctor who feels constantly out of their depth. I was reminded of a time when I was post-intern and found myself doing a GP locum in a rural area, 50 miles from the ne
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
A series of short stories based upon Bulgakov's early experiences as a Country Doctor. These stories are more in the Chekhov mode in contrast to his later works such as Master and Margarita and Heart of a Dog. Morphine is probably the best story of the bunch.

I'm not really qualified to discuss the translations, but I own (accidentally) two translations. The Glenny translation (Melville House) is what I read. I also own the Hugh Alpin translation (Rosetta Books). The Glenny translation contains o
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