A Dog’s Heart

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This Penguin Classic is performed by Alexander Terentyev, best known for Wonder Woman. This definitive recording includes an introduction by James Meek.

A Dog’s Heart: An Appalling Story is Mikhail Bulgakov’s hilarious satire on Communist hypocrisies.

In this surreal work by the author of The Master and Margarita, wealthy Moscow surgeon Filip Preobrazhensky implants the pituitary gland and testicles of a drunken petty criminal into the body of a stray dog named Sharik. As the dog slowly transforms into a man, and the man into a slovenly, lecherous government official, the doctor’s life descends into chaos. A scathing indictment of the New Soviet Man, A Dog’s Heart was immediately banned by the Soviet government when it was first published in 1925: alternating lucid realism with pulse-raising drama, the novel captures perfectly the atmosphere of its rapidly changing times.

Andrew Bromfield’s vibrant translation is accompanied by an introduction by James Meek, which places the work in the context of the Russian class struggles of the era and considers the vision, progressive style and lasting relevance of an author who was isolated and suppressed during his lifetime.

‘One of the greatest of modern Russian writers, perhaps the greatest’
Nigel Jones, Independent

© Andrew Bromfield, James Meek 2007 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

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