Un eminente cirujano, especializado en operaciones de rejuvenecimiento, transplanta a un perro vagabundo la hipófisis y las glándulas sexuales de un hombre que acaba de morir. Pero el resultado del experimento resulta sorprendente: el perro se va transformando hasta convertirse en el hombre -un delincuente- al que pertenecían aquellos órganos. Sus actividades confirman su peligrosidad social y el médico se ve obligado a realizar una nueva operación para reparar el error cometido. Escrita en 1925, Corazón de perro no ha sido publicada en su versión original en la Unión Soviética hasta 1987. Su aparición ha constituido uno de los momentos más importantes de la glasnost que, auspiciada por Mijaíl Gorbachov, ha llegado también a la literatura.
An inspired work of science fiction and a biting political allegory, Bulgakov's "The Fatal Eggs" tells of a brilliant scientist whose experiments with life spiral terribly--and fatefully--out of control.
This hilarious, brilliantly inventive novel by the author of The Master and Margarita tells the story of a scroungy Moscow mongrel named Sharik. Thanks to the skills of a renowned Soviet scientist and the transplanted pituitary gland and testes of a petty criminal, Sharik is transformed into a lecherous, vulgar man who spouts Engels and inevitably finds his niche in the bureaucracy as the government official in charge of purging the city of cats.
The final book by Russian novelist, Mikhail Bulgakov, this is often considered his best work. Part satire, part fantasy, it is written in layers upon layers of meaning. At the end of the book is a chapter-by-chapter commentary, explaining Russian nuances to the reader. It would be helpful to read these first, so that the story has more meaning. There is also a short biography of Bulgakov.
From the author of The Master and Margarita comes this short and tragic masterpiece about drug addiction Young Dr. Bromgard has come to a small country town to assume a new practice. No sooner has he arrived than he receives word that a colleague, Dr. Polyakov, has fallen gravely ill. Before Bromgard can go to his friend's aid, Polyakov is brought to his practice in the middle of the night with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and, barely conscious, gives Bromgard his journal before dying. What Bromgard uncovers in the entries is Polyakov's uncontrollable and merciless descent into morphine addiction -- his first injection to ease his back pain, the thrill of the drug as it overtakes him, the looming signs of addiction, and the feverish final entries before his death.
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