Heart of a Dog - Mikhail Bulgakov

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The Heart of a Dog Mikhail Bulgakov Andrew Wright ‘The Heart of a Dog’, written by Mikhail Bulgakov in 1925, is a satirical parable illustrating the provincial failures of the Russian regime, post-revolution. According to S. Fusso, Bulgakov’s allegory is not, unlike Orwell’s, “simple or naïve”,1 but one that offers an exploration of various different themes, from the ethical implications of eugenics “that so fascinated the scientific community during the 1920s”,2 to the farcical revolution of 1917 and its misguided attempt to create a new Soviet man. The novella chronicles the life of a stray Moscow dog, Sharik, who, upon being rescued by a seemingly benevolent surgeon, Philip Philipovich Preobrazhensky, finds himself subjected…show more content…
Preobrazhensky’s indignation towards Homo Sovieticus and the new regime is plainly apparent throughout the text, with the professor advising that, lest one lose one’s appetite, one ought to refrain from reading soviet newspapers or discussing subjects of Bolshevism at the dinner table.17 His disillusionment is evident in his failure to recognise the alleged Soviet emancipation of women who were, according to B. Clements, "independent from prescribed roles and male domination".18 Unlike Lenin, who mourned what he described as the capitalistic “exclusion of women”19, Preobrazhensky would appear to remain unconvinced by Marx’s belief that “social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex”20, attempting to undermine a female member of the housing committee who he describes, with a disgusted tone, as “a woman dressed as a man”21 to which they “fell silent and their mouths fell open”22, questionning the Professor as to “what difference does that make, comrade?”23 Preobrazhensky’s disdain for the regime is evident in this

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