Bulgakov’s satirical masterpiece
Originally written in 1925 but not published in the Soviet Union until 1987 Heart of a Dog is one of Bulgakov’s most successful early works. An absurdist tale it was banned from publication but clandestinely circulated throughout the country and quickly became a cultural phenomenon. The plot centres around the renowned Professor Preobrazhensky who conducts a Faustian experiment of transplanting a man’s testicles and pituitary gland into the body of a dog, resulting in disastrous consequences. Heart of a Dog is widely read as scathing attack on Bolshevism and the Revolution and all manuscripts and copies of the work were confiscated by the secret police, only to be returned to Bulgakov four years later after an intervention from Maxim Gorky.
Second Russian edition; small 8vo (18.9 x 13.3 cm); original printed wrappers designed by Yuiry Annenkov, frontispiece; spine slightly creased; 159pp.
Stock ID: 99740