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Heart of a Dog

by Mikhail Bulgakov, 1925

"The Heart of a Dog" is one of the best examples of Bulgakov's criticism of life in the Soviet Union. According to different views after final analysis it was apprehended as an absurd and satirical story. The novel was written and introduced in March 1925 in one of the Moscow apartments, where had gathered approximately 50 intellectuals of that time. After this event Bulgakov's flat was searched and his personal diary and the other works, including our novel, were confiscated because of its provocative character. The result — prohibition of the writer's plays in all theatres. Just four years later it was returned to the author and Mikhail Opanasovich's plays were back just in the Moscow Art Theatre. After that "The Heart of a Dog" was widely read in samizdat — unofficial publication of literary works.