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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
Paperback, Modern Voices, 104 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Hesperus Press (first published 1925)
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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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Ahmad Sharabiani
Роковые яйца = The Fatal Eggs, Mikhail Bulgakov
The Fatal Eggs (Russian: Роковые яйца) is a science-fiction novella by Mikhail Bulgakov, a Soviet novelist and playwright whose most famous work is The Master and Margarita. It was written in 1924 and first published in 1925. The book became quite popular, but was much criticised by some Soviet critics as a satire of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the leadership of Soviet Russia.
The Fatal Eggs can be described as a science fiction novel. Its mai
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Fernando
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
TheSkepticalReader
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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Guillermo Macbeth
Un libro magnífico. Frente a un mismo problema histórico-político se pueden ensayar distintas respuestas. Algunas respuestas pueden ser lúcidas, otras no tanto, otras puede ser fuertes, otras no tanto. Personalmente, me interesan las lúcidas, no importa que sean fuertes o débiles. Ante el problema de la dictadura rusa que siguió a la revolución de octubre de 1917 -que en realidad fue en noviembre si se toma el calendario gregoriano occidental en lugar del oriental juliano- algunos artistas tuvie ...more
Vit Babenco
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Fatal Eggs is fun. In this outlandish novelette Mikhail Bulgakov wickedly satirized the new Soviet soulless bureaucracy.
Monsters beget greater monsters…
“Shukin fired a few more shots in the direction of the conservatory, smashing several panes of glass. But behind him a huge olive-coloured coil sprang out of a cellar window, slithered over the yard, covering it entirely with its ten-yard-long body and wound itself round Shukin's legs in a flash.
It dashed him to the ground, and the shiny rev
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mai ahmd
Dec 25, 2011 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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Sandra
Oct 28, 2013 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
Ali
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Ahmed Oraby
أنقذونا يا رفاق، اقتلوا الثعابين
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Daavid
This is a science-fiction novella combining the likes of two literary writers Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (with the theme of the scientist whose experiments lead to dire consequences), and H.G. Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau (with the blurred distinction between animals and humans), further combined with satirizing the times, that of the early Communist regime (1920s) of the former USSR.

The book shows how its communist government used to intervene the lives of scientists and their yet incom
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Glorrry
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bilin yanlış insanların elinde felakete sebep olabilir
Ana Rînceanu
If you have any doubts that Bulgakov was a doctor, then read this novel. There are so many laboratory scenes and there is so much enjoyment in explaining the scientific process. It's nice to see a book where the science isn't the problem, the scientist is not hell bent on gaining knowledge at any cost. The people who want to use it before it's been properly tested are however another matter.
Dave
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great short satire. I'm told this isn't Bulgakov's best work. It really has me enthusiastic about the rest.
Marc Gerstein
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A short, tightly written straightforward satirical view of the post-revolutionary Soviet Union. Borrowing ideas from the then-still-relatively-new science fiction genre (Wells in particular), Bulgakov presents the story of powerful potentially wonderful invention wreaking havoc when its co-opted by state operatives obsessed with quick action rather than thoughtful progress, sort of like the short-lived rapidly-imploded Trump-Ryan health care plan. That’s when you know satire works, when it speak ...more
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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Çağatay Boz
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pekâlâ Köpek Kâlbi kadar sevdiğim bir Bulgakov eseri. Nedendir bilemiyorum, Batı'da genel olarak "Sovyetler Birliği'nin satirize edildiği bir kitap" olarak görülüyor. Evet, Sovyetler Birliği ve özellikle o dönemde yaşanan uygulamalar da satirize ediliyor lâkin çok daha ince noktalar da mevcut kitapta. En basitinden ağustos ayında gelen don, yani sıcaklığın sıfırın altına düşmesi. İlâhî müdahaleye bir atıf, hem de bariz bir atıf.

Sözün özü, kitabı Sovyet bürokrasinin satiri olarak nitelendirmek, k
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Pečivo
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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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rosshalde
Okuduğum diğer Bulgakov eserlerinin bir adım gerisinde kalmasına rağmen beğendiğim bir kitap oldu. Bulgakov'un sistem eleştirisi yaparken kullandığı dil okuyucu rahatsız etmiyor. Ancak Usta ve Margarita ile Köpek Kalbi'yle kıyasladığımda benim için bir adım geride kaldı.
SARAH
Sep 27, 2013 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!"
:)
Nathalia Borghi
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The narrative is a bit confuse but I read this overnight, so...
Cristina
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reseña muy pronto en la revista SuperSonic
Rhys
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bulgakov was a truly remarkable writer. This short novel is one of his earlier works and it owes a debt to H.G. Wells. It is monstrous, humorous, satirical and brilliant.
Amy
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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Fatih A.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beğendim ama bir Alex değil. 😃
Heather Coffin
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A read in which one takes notes. Find his use of descriptions of color (green, yellow, purple and red) and numbers very interesting and symbolic. A quick and entertaining book!
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