A Dog’s Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov (1925)

23 December 2011

Cycle a mile through slick London streets to the gym. Row 1k. Run 5k. A few mat exercises. Home to salmon and rocket.

To bed with the Penguin edition of ‘A Dog’s Heart’ by Russian fantasist Mikhail Bulgakov, translated by Andrew Bromfield.

The satire is not only against the bolsheviks but also the Professor who runs a dodgy “rejuvenation clinic” ie injecting rich old men and women with glands to reactivate their sex lives, a symbol of the clapped-out way of life of the ‘former classes’. There’s a 1988 Russian film of this book, apparently, though, typically, not available on PAL DVD.

The Penguin edition of A Dog’s Heart on Amazon

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