Dog Hearted: Essays on Our Fierce and Familiar Companions

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Dog Hearted: Essays on Our Fierce and Familiar Companions

Dog Hearted: Essays on Our Fierce and Familiar Companions

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Rowan added: "Our mission in putting together this collection was that the essays, like dogs, should be sometimes toothy, sometimes bloody, and sometimes gentle. The writers use dogs to explore wildness, family, death, birth, technology and mental health. We hope you enjoy reading their contributions as much as we did." Bulgakov's satire of life in the early years of the Soviet Union cost himself dear, and it has not lost any of its provocative power. I even preferred this to his ever so popular Master and Margarita.

That of a stray dog is one of the hardest lives of all. Always suffering from hunger and being forced to live under open sky come rain or winds. And they are always afraid of people around them - a fear probably born of some violent experience. The Heart of a Dog (1925) is a short blast against the ‘New Soviet Man’ – a comment on the declining power of Communism and the changing tides in the Soviet power structure, which up until then, had been an excruciating series of proletarian rebellions and bourgeois sanctions. Heart of a Dog (Russian: Собачье сердце, romanized: Sobachye serdtse) is a novella by Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov. A biting satire of Bolshevism, it was written in 1925 at the height of the New Economic Policy, a period during which communism appeared to be relaxing in the Soviet Union. [1]

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In the embryonic USSR, the line between literary criticism and repression was blurring. Ultimately, it was GlavLit, the Soviet censor, that would decide the fate of A Dog's Heart. But the police spy had an influence, and his review was hostile. "Bulgakov hates and despises the Soviet regime," he wrote. "Soviet power has a true, stern and clear-seeing guardian in GlavLit, and as long as its opinion coincides with mine, this book will never see the light of day." Bulgakov explores such themes as the essence of humanity, ethics, and the limits of science. The story is also a satire on communism in the Soviet Union and the intention to create a New Soviet man. Philip Philopovich Preobrazhensky is one sorry doctor. Not only does his experiment yield a strange and frightful sort of human creature of a Frankensteinian nature, but his 'creation' starts to call him out on his own shit. A key work of early modernism, this is the superbly comic story of a Soviet scientist and a scroungy Moscow mongrel named Sharik. Attempting a medical first, the scientist transplants the glands of a petty criminal into the dog and, with that, turns a distinctly worryingly human animal loose on the city. The new, lecherous, vulgar, Engels-spouting Sharik soon finds his niche in governmental bureaucracy as the official in charge of purging the city of cats.

On the other level, it is a cautionary warning about what happens when power falls in the hands of those who should not be allowed to yield it, and the dangers and pitfalls of the system that allows that to happen. Yes, that includes an easy step from killing cats to pointing guns at real people, and demanding sex in exchange for keeping a job, and of course the ultimate evil that was to penetrate the fabric of the years to come - writing denunciations for little else than petty personal gains. " But just think, Philipp Philippovich, what he may turn into if that character Shvonder keeps on at him! I'm only just beginning to realize what Sharikov may become, by God!"Science does not yet know any way of turning animals into human beings. This was my attempt, but an unsuccessful one, as you can see. He spoke for a while and then began to revert to his original primitive condition.’ This place is indecent, thought the dog, but I like it! What the hell can he want me for, though? Is he just going to let me live here? Maybe he's eccentric. After all, he could get a pedigree dog as easy as winking.” --------- Ha! All those decent, starving Russians were likewise gullible in their support of Uncle Joe. If they only knew what evil their new leader was capable of perpetrating, all in the name of “improving” human nature and society. Operating on animals to effect a transform in a humanly direction has been around for some time. In novels, that is. There’s H.G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau published in 1896 and Kristen Bakis’ less well known 1997 Lives of the Monster Dogs, a bizarre, creepy story of humanoid German shepherds strolling Manhattan as rich aristocrats. To his surprise, a successful surgeon, Filipp Filippovich Preobrazhensky, arrives and offers the dog a piece of sausage.

a b c Cornwell, Neil; Nicole Christian (1998). Reference Guide to Russian Literature. Taylor & Francis. p.103. ISBN 1-884964-10-9. this was a fantastic collection of short stories and essays by fourteen different authors. illustrated by rowan hisayo buchanan (who I met in my creative writing undergrad, hii!), we get to fall in love with each of the writer’s dogs and truly get to experience all the different emotions they bring out in us.A Dog's Heart seemed fresh six decades after Bulgakov described the travails of disparate households crammed into apartment buildings seized from the wealthy, because people were still crammed into the same apartment buildings, barely renovated in all that time. Sixty years on, Pravda was still indigestible. Senior medical consultants were still, like Professor Preobrazhensky, using the leverage of their rare skills to gain or keep material advantages - big flats, for instance - from a corrupt communist leadership. Essential goods were still in short supply. Instead of giving them their own room, as Sharikov demands, the professor takes the woman aside and explains that Sharikov is the product of a lab experiment gone horribly wrong. The woman has been told that Sharikov was maimed fighting Admiral Alexander Kolchak's White Army in Siberia. Upon learning the truth, she leaves the apartment in tears. Seething with hatred, Sharikov vows to have her fired. Again, Bormenthal beats up Sharikov and makes him promise not to do anything of that sort. From Carl Phillips asking how wildness is tamed, to Esmé Weijun Wang finding moments of stillness in the simple act of observing her dog, to Cal Flyn befriending a sled dog called Suka in Finland, here we see dogs at every stage of their life. Prontamente este hombre con corazón de perro se transformará en un ser aborrecible y el final nos mostrará el fracaso de un intento de Filipp Filippóvich Transfíguriev por encontrar un mejor ser humano. Most of the writers who make up the authors in this collection would probably classed as literary writers with a weird or eccentric angle to their art, and I think this comes out a little bit in the stories. There were some I really didn't get along with - Ned Beauman's being the worst as he seems to think because he's a tall man with a little dog in a park people would presume he's a paedophile and it was such an odd take that he was so consistent with in his story, it was really off-putting.



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