A Country Doctor's Notebook

A Country Doctor's Notebook

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov, Translated by Michael Glenny

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  • Publisher: The Harvill Press
  • Format: Paperback | 162 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 213mm x 13mm | 180g
  • Publication date: 19 February 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1860461654
  • ISBN 13: 9781860461651
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 116,724

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With the ink still wet on his diploma, the twenty-five-year-old Dr Mikhail Bulgakov was flung into the depths of rural Russia which, in 1916-17, was still largely unaffected by such novelties as the motor car, the telephone or electric light. How his alter-ego copes (or fails to cope) with the new and often appalling responsibilities of a lone doctor in a vast country practice - on the eve of Revolution - is described in Bulgakov's delightful blend of candid realism and imaginative exuberance.

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Mikhail Bulgakov (1891 - 1940) was born and educated in Kiev where he graduated as a doctor in 1916. He rapidly abandoned medicine to write some of the greatest Russian literature of this century. After a lifetime at odds with the stultifying Soviet regime, he died impoverished and blind in 1940, shortly after completing his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita. None of his major fiction was published during his lifetime.

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By Karen P 14 Feb 2013 5

bulgakov is one of my favourite authors and this book showcases a different side of his writing! somewhat graphic, but nonetheless a good read!

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"These straighforward yet extraordinary sketches gain their strength from also being the account of a young man's growth. One begins to see that he became a novelist not because he had material but because he was storing up passion and temperament." -- V.S. Pritchett, New Statesman "Stories as keen and bright as a scalpel... Courage shines from every angle of this profoundly human collection by the greatest of modern Russian writers." --Sunday Times