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September 29, by heavenali. The Fatal Eggs is a novel which is a kind of sci-fi satire on Stalinist Russia right out of my comfort zone really. I took the book away with me for the weekend, a weekend when I knew I would have little time for reading. This meant that the first fifty pages or so I read in several short bursts — which made it harder for me to get into it. The second half of the book it is only about pages or so I read it one sitting late on Saturday night in my hotel after a very busy day and I was able to settle into the style a little easier.
Overall I enjoyed reading Bulgakov — his is a strange and compelling world, which I know I will be re-visiting especially as I was coincidently given a copy of The Heart of a Dog during the weekend. The novel opens in April — which was in the near future when the story was written. In Moscow, misanthropic zoological Professor Persikov is working in his laboratory with his assistant Pankrat. Persikov is a difficult man, is fairly hard on his long suffering assistant and his wife having left him several years earlier; he now spends his time with the frogs and toads that he is particularly fascinated by.
Called away for a moment the Professor leaves his microscope on and when he goes back to it he discovers a ray of light that has developed and the amoeba that was under the microscope when he left it has suddenly grown considerably in size for being exposed to this red ray of light.
Persikov is eager to explore his discovery — fully test its potential. Those in power are desperate to have healthy chickens and eggs in Russia again as the peasants are beginning to starve, they are impatient, needing to control the re-introduction of poultry. Things take a seriously dark and terrifying turn when there is the inevitable mix up of eggs at the State Farm.
The summer of was, as is well known, the most excellent, with the rains on time in spring, with full, hot sun, with an excellent harvest…The apples on the former estate of the Sheremetyev family ripened…the woods were green, the squares of the fields lay yellow…Man becomes better too in the lap of nature.
And Alexander Semyonovich would not have seemed as unpleasant as in the city. And he did not wear the offensive coat. His face was burnt to bronze, an unbuttoned cotton shirt showed a chest covered with the thickest growth of black hair, on his legs were sailcloth trousers. And his eyes became calmer and kinder. The political overtones are obvious, with those in authority trying to control science, their incompetency causing chaos and fear.
There are some wonderfully memorable images from this novel, the taut atmosphere of Moscow streets, the rural calm of the State farm, before the full horror is unleashed, and the peasant woman crying over her dying chickens. A bit — but in a retro kind of way, which is the futuristic style I like if that makes any sense at all!! I read The Master and Margarita a few years ago and loved it — it was one of my favourite books I read that year.
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Bulgakov's "Fatal Eggs"
September 29, by heavenali. The Fatal Eggs is a novel which is a kind of sci-fi satire on Stalinist Russia right out of my comfort zone really. I took the book away with me for the weekend, a weekend when I knew I would have little time for reading. This meant that the first fifty pages or so I read in several short bursts — which made it harder for me to get into it. The second half of the book it is only about pages or so I read it one sitting late on Saturday night in my hotel after a very busy day and I was able to settle into the style a little easier. Overall I enjoyed reading Bulgakov — his is a strange and compelling world, which I know I will be re-visiting especially as I was coincidently given a copy of The Heart of a Dog during the weekend.
The Fatal Eggs
This novel about the devil coming to a town of non-believers in s Russia and spreading mischief In this science fiction tale with political overtones, Bulgakov tells the story of a scientist that, by chance, discovers a new form of light a "red ray", the title of the originial russian edition Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov was a Russian playwright, novelist, and short-story writer best known for his use of humor and satire. He served as a field doctor during World War I.
The Fatal Eggs by Mikhail Bulgakov – review
Mikhail Afanas'evich Bulgakov was born in Kiev. He trained and practiced as a doctor, but in after a number of adventures he decided to quit and become a writer. Bulgakov was skeptical of the Bolshevik revolution, as you can tell even in this work, and as a result he experienced all kinds of unpleasant censorship - indeed, by a year before most of the action in "Fatal Eggs" takes place! Bulgakov's prose was banned, and he never published any more prose in his lifetime. His success as a dramatic author lasted a bit longer, but Stalin did not let him emigrate when he asked to in unlike Zamyatin, who was allowed to leave the USSR in