Bulgakov: A Dog's Heart

  • by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Narrated by Roy McMillan
  • 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a respected surgeon decides to transplant human body parts into a stray dog, he creates a monster - drunken, profligate, aggressive and selfish. It seems the worst aspects of the donor have been transplanted as well. As his previously well-regulated home descends into riotous chaos, the doctor realises he will have to try to reverse the operation; but the dog isn't so keen....
Wild, uproarious and deliriously comic, Bulgakov's short novel is at once a comment on the problems of 1920s Russia and a lasting satire on human nature.


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A fine piece of art!

A fine piece of art - delivers a serious (satirical) message about the state of the Russian Revolution circa 1925 as well as being an excellent, entertaining free-standing story. Would suggest reading a history of the novel prior to reading to help put it in context - without knowing the date of publication, subsequent manuscript seizure by the Soviet secret police, and prevention of publication until 1968, the novel may seem less meaningful.

As well as being a wonderful satire of the Russian Revolution, this story is also another take on the Prometheus mythology, and can be seen to be related to the Faustus story.

Performance is wonderful - just to hear his rendition of the dog howl is worth the price of admission.

Well worth the read.

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- Mike McGuire

Bulgakov is remarkable

In the course of listening to both Master and Margarita and then A Dog's Heart, I have completely and utterly fallen in love with Bulkagov. A critic of Soviet society and a masterful story-teller, he is a joy to behold even as he conveys a society so utterly devoid of life and so bereft of misery. Do yourself a favor and give this a listen and The Master and Margarita, both available via Audible. They are a wondrous, ponderous, hilarious, and even heart-breaking things to behold.
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- Jacob "Word loving college student with a 2+ hour daily commute, who sadly had to learn to accept that reading and driving are plainly incompatible"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2011
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks