Russian novel after long : My thoughts on ‘A Dog’s Heart’ by Mikhail Bulgakov

“The whole horror of the situation is that he now has a human heart, not a dog’s heart. And about the rottenest heart in all creation!”
–Β ‘A Dog’s Heart’ by Mikhail Bulgakov


When a stray dog at the verge of dying due to starvation is fed by an eminent professor Fillip Fillipovich, the dog is overwhelmed by this generosity and he follows the professor on his way to his apartment. Little did the dog know that he is being lured to a laboratory where he will be subjected to a brutal experiment.


The dog is transplanted with human organs and glands as a part of an experiment to test for the attainment of everlasting youth. The failed attempt lead to the dog’s transformation into a human, further causing great distress to the professor.


Cleverly written satirical tale of a dog and the professor, portraying how the circumstances change when you give power to an ignorant savage ruler. The novella is almost 130 pages and yet packed with good amount of humor with a thought provoking prose. Great read for the great start of the year!

I was expecting it to be similar to The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka but I was so wrong. This novella is pure satire and I love it!

The best part of the translation of any book is that while you read it you don’t feel like you are reading one. That’s the pure form of translation one need and that’s what I got from this translation. 🀘

Mild spoiler 🀐 : There is no sad ending to this novella, don’t expect one! πŸ˜‚ You’ll laugh out loud all the way from start to the end.

The only sad part about this book is that it was written in 1925 but published in the year 1968 (nearly 28 years after the death of Mikhail Bulgakov). That would be 43 years between the completion of novel and the publishing year. It was mainly due to the political propaganda of the Communist Party in Russia that time. (Google up for details).

Mikhail Bulgakov is one of the under rated authors and his works are quite overlooked. After reading this short great read, I am much eager to read more of his works starting with The Master and Margarita and Black snow.


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