The Heart Of A Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov Summary
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY ANDREY KURKOV A rich, successful Moscow professor befriends a stray dog and attempts a scientific first by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary gland of a recently deceased man. A distinctly worryingly human animal is now on the loose, and the professor's hitherto respectable life becomes a nightmare beyond endurance. An absurd and superbly comic story, this classic novel can also be read as a fierce parable of the Russian Revolution.
The Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov Summary
A world-famous Moscow professor -- rich, successful, and violently envied by his neighbors -- befriends a stray dog and resolves to achieve a daring scientific "first" by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary grand of a dead man. But the results are wholly unexpected: a distinctly and worryingly human animal is on the loose, and the professor's hitherto respectable life becomes a nightmare beyond endurance. As in The Master and Margarita, the masterpiece he completed shortly before his death, Mikhail Bulgakov's early novel, written in 1925, combines outrageously grotesque ideas with a narrative of deadpan naturalism. The Heart of the Dog can be read as an absurd and wonderfully comic story; it can also be read as a fierce parable of the Russian Revolution.
The Heart of a Dog by Liz Abeler Blaylock Summary
Dogs, admit it, they are irresistible with their playfulness, charm, and steadfast loyalty. The Heart of a Dog offers a glimpse into the love and affection dogs so willingly bestow upon us humans with adorable photos, and clever thoughts from a dog's perspective. This darling book is sure to warm your heart, and have you outright laughing with the daily adventures that simply just happen with dogs. Have you wondered if your dog is merely thinking of a good scratch, or the next time they eat, only to be distracted by "Squirrel"? This gift book captures the heart of a dog and why they make the best companion, and loyal friend, with clever anecdotes and humorous photos. Grab a bone, prepare to give a pat, and settle in for a feel-good romp of lighthearted tales.
Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov Summary
THE STORY: The action centers on the difficulties encountered by Professor Preobrajansky, an innovative medical practitioner who specializes in sexual rejuvenation (by organ implantation), in his running battle with the management committee of his
A Dog's Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov,Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov Summary
A Dog's Heart: An Appalling Story is Mikhail Bulgakov's hilarious satire on Communist hypocrisies. This Penguin Classics edition is translated with notes by Andrew Bromfield, and includes an introduction by James Meek. In this surreal work by the author of The Master and Margarita, wealthy Moscow surgeon Filip Preobrazhensky implants the pituitary gland and testicles of a drunken petty criminal into the body of a stray dog named Sharik. As the dog slowly transforms into a man, and the man into a slovenly, lecherous government official, the doctor's life descends into chaos. A scathing indictment of the New Soviet Man, A Dog's Heart was immediately banned by the Soviet government when it was first published in 1925: alternating lucid realism with pulse-raising drama, the novel captures perfectly the atmosphere of its rapidly changing times. Andrew Bromfield's vibrant translation is accompanied by an introduction by James Meek, which places the work in the context of the Russian class struggles of the era and considers the vision, progressive style and lasting relevance of an author who was isolated and suppressed during his lifetime. This edition also contains notes and a chronology. Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) was born in Kiev, today the capital of Ukraine. After finishing high school, Bulgakov entered the Medical School of Kiev University, graduating in 1916. He wrote about his experiences as a doctor in his early works Notes on Cuffs and Notes of a Young Country Doctor. His later works treated the subject of the artist and the tyrant under the guise of historical characters, but The Master and Margarita is generally considered his masterpiece. Fame, at home and abroad, was not to come until a quarter of a century after his death at Moscow in 1940. If you enjoyed A Dog's Heart, you might like Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, also available in Penguin Classics. 'One of the greatest of modern Russian writers, perhaps the greatest' Nigel Jones, Independent
I Want to Have the Heart of a Dog by Genie Gabriel Summary
One woman's journey that started with murders of passion in an Egyptian-like civilization two thousand years ago. After suffering betrayal, abuse and violent deaths through lifetimes of atonement, she comes to the present day realization that dogs are much more than furry companions. They are protectors, comforters, and teachers whose hearts contain the simple and miraculous knowledge of the Universe—if only we listen and learn.
Hearts of Gold: A Book About a Dog and the Powerful Bond Formed with a Child by Elizabeth Parker Summary
A child should feel the safety of their parent's touch, the warmth of their compassion and the benevolence of their soul. For Peyton Bishop, it was quite the opposite. A victim of domestic abuse, Peyton, along with her mother, Morgan lived under constant fear of her father. When Morgan sustains an injury from one of the beatings, Peyton needs to spend the night at her grandparents. As a method of enforcing her silence, her father gets rid of her golden retriever, Teddy and makes her believe it is her fault, showing her once again who is boss. Once Morgan recovers, she promises that she will bring Peyton to safety in hopes of living a normal life, but Peyton continues to suffer from the sting of her father's words, an overwhelming guilt about losing Teddy. A fictional story, centered around hope, love and loyalty between a child and her dog, that depicts emotional scars left from child abuse.
Women Playwrights of Diversity by Jane T. Peterson,Suzanne Bennett Summary
Includes biographical sketches, play synopses, production histories, and bibliographical information for more than 80 contemporary women playwrights who present African American, Latina, Asian American, and lesbian perpectives.
The Heart of Your Dog by Ed Noyes Summary
Your dog wants to have a deep life-long relationship with you. It is an invitation. The Heart of Your Dog will help you identify your dog's highest unmet needs. You will learn how to fulfill those needs and better communicate with your dog. In the process you will build new connections to your dog's heart. You will also learn how to teach the essential commands your dog should know. They are specially designed to bring you and your dog closer. Your dog will be inspired to learn all it can about you and your world. Throughout its life you will be rewarded with the constant love and gratitude that flows from the heart of your dog. With patience and understanding you will be amazed at what your dog can bring to you and your family. The result will be your dog's profound happiness.
In a Dog's Heart by Jennifer Arnold Summary
What our dogs need to live a good life, and why we must come through for them Over the two decades she has spent raising and training service dogs for people with disabilities, Jennifer Arnold has come to a unique and profound understanding of the human-dog bond. Though it may seem simple and instinctive, the friendship and devotion we share with our pets is a wondrous evolutionary development. Our two species have come to rely on each other for protection, companionship, comfort, and happiness—needs and benefits that go both ways. Yet when we step outside our designated roles and take on practices that require us to display dominance over our canine charges, we misread cues and misinterpret behavior, sometimes with disastrous results. Conversely, when communication between dog and keeper is clear and based on kindness and a willingness to see things through a dog’s eyes, the payoff for both dog and owner is tremendous. When respect and care are brought together, we come to know the inalienable goodness in a dog’s soul. As the founder of Canine Assistants, Arnold has implemented and advanced a methodology—Choice Teaching—that pairs scientific and behavioral knowledge about dogs with gentle incentive and encouragement to extraordinary effect. But she does not consider herself a dog trainer; rather, she sees herself as a relationship expert who improves the connection between humans and dogs and in the process betters the quality of life for both. In a Dog’s Heart offers Arnold’s offers her best practices and useful tips that range over a dog’s whole life, including: • how to choose the puppy that’s destined for you from a bustling litter and what you need to have on hand before you bring that puppy home; • what to stock in your doggie first-aid kit; • how to keep your pet safe from dangers at home and in the outside world; • the challenges and rewards of adopting an older dog; • how to help your dog overcome anxious behavior, from separation anxiety to thunderstorm phobia; • when to recognize that it’s time to let go. As in her bestselling first book, Through a Dog’s Eyes, Arnold illustrates what she’s learned through captivating and moving stories drawn from her experience. We learn about Grace, a black Lab who was rescued after she was thrown from a truck and delivered to Canine Assistants emaciated, dehydrated, and with a broken pelvis. As Grace recovered she displayed an usual gift for scent detection and now spends her days sniffing out bombs on the Israeli border. We meet Casper, a Lab-golden mix who works full-time at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, a best friend to kids undergoing cancer treatment, and a buddy ready to offer comfort as needed to the doctors on staff. We also discover the myriad ways in which dogs improve our lives—and what they need and deserve from us in return.
Monstre by Gérard DEPARDIEU Summary
"Il faut laisser sortir ses monstres, si on ne veut pas que ce soient eux qui nous bouffent." J'ai connu un potier dans le Berry : quand ça le faisait chier de faire des assiettes, toujours les mêmes, il prenait sa terre et il faisait un monstre. Un énorme monstre. En terre cuite. Et il disait : "Je fais ça parce qu'il faut que ça sorte ! J'en ai plein comme ça à l'intérieur de moi !" Il avait raison. Il faut laisser sortir ses monstres, si on ne veut pas que ce soient eux qui nous bouffent.
Une histoire des temps à venir by H. G. Wells Summary
H.-G. Wells (1866-1946) "L’excellent Mr. Morris était un Anglais qui vivait au temps de la bonne reine Victoria. C’était un homme prospère et fort sensé ; il lisait le Times et allait à l’église. Vers l’âge mûr, une expression de dédain tranquille et satisfait pour tout ce qui n’était pas comme lui se fixa sur son visage. Il était de ces gens qui font avec une inévitable régularité tout ce qui est bien, correct et raisonnable. Toujours il portait des habits corrects et convenables, juste milieu entre l’élégant et le mesquin. Il contribuait régulièrement aux œuvres charitables de bon ton, compromis judicieux entre l’ostentation et la lésinerie, et ne manquait jamais de se faire couper les cheveux à la longueur exactement convenable. Tout ce qu’il était correct et convenable de posséder pour un homme dans sa position, il le possédait. Et tout ce qu’il n’était ni correct ni convenable de posséder pour un homme dans sa position il ne le possédait pas. Parmi ces possessions correctes et convenables, ce Mr. Morris avait une femme et des enfants. Naturellement, il avait une femme du genre convenable et il avait des enfants de genre et en nombre convenables ; rien de fantaisiste et d’étourdi chez aucun d’eux, autant que Mr. Morris pouvait le voir. Ils portaient des vêtements parfaitement corrects, ni élégants, ni hygiéniques, ni élimés mais juste selon les convenances. Ils vivaient dans une jolie et décente maison d’architecture victorienne, faux style reine Anne, avec, dans les pignons, de faux chevrons en plâtre peint couleur chocolat, de faux panneaux de chêne sculpté en Lincrusta Walton, une terrasse en terre cuite qui imitait la pierre et de faux vitraux à la porte d’entrée. Ses garçons allèrent à de bonnes et solides écoles et embrassèrent de respectables professions ; ses filles, en dépit d’une ou deux velléités fantaisistes, furent mariées à des partis sortables, rangés, vieillots et « ayant des espérances ». Et quand ce fut pour lui une chose convenable et opportune Mr. Morris mourut. Son tombeau fut de marbre, sans inscriptions laudatives ni fadaises artistiques, tranquillement imposant, telle étant la mode en ce temps-là." Au XXIIe siècle, Denton et Elizabeth s'aiment et veulent vivre " libres" loin de la cité moderne... mais rien n'est rose pour eux... Le progrès améliore-t-il la condition humaine ?
Mes vies de chien by W. Bruce Cameron Summary
On dit que les chats ont neuf vies ; les chiens en ont plusieurs aussi. Bailey déroule ses vies de chien les unes après les autres. Sa vie de petit chiot sauvage qui doit apprendre à faire confiance aux humains. Sa vie avec un garçon, Ethan, le maître qu'il aime plus que tout. Tour à tour bâtard, golden retriever, berger allemand et labrador, chien de compagnie et chien de sauvetage, Bailey va tout faire pour retrouver Ethan. Mais y parviendra-t-il ?
The Animal Fable in Science Fiction and Fantasy by Bruce Shaw Summary
Though animal stories and fables stretch back into the antiquity of ancient India, Persia, Greece and Rome, the reasons for writing them and their resonance for readers (and listeners) remain consistent to the present. This work argues that they were essential sources of amusement and instruction—and were also often profoundly unsettling. Such authors in the realm of the animal fable as Tolkien, Freud, Voltaire, Bakhtin, Cordwainer Smith, Karel Čapek, Vladimir Propp, and many more are discussed.