Moscow: Raduga Publishers, 1990. 1st Edition Thus. Octavo, publisher's black paper-covered boards, spine and upper board stamped in silver, photo-illustrated endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
Late Soviet edition in English of Russian master Bulgakov's posthumously published collection, featuring the celebrated title story, which mixes science fiction and satire in recounting the life of a dog who is transformed into a man. Novelist, playwright, and medical doctor Bulgakov struggled to produce under strict political censorship. Upon receiving a personal response from Stalin to his request for permission to emigrate, Bulgakov chose instead to remain. He was undeterred, however, from critiquing his homeland, writing irony-infused plays and fiction. Many of his works, including his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, went unpublished in the USSR during his life. An influence upon artists such as Salman Rushdie and the Rolling Stones, Bulgakov is for readers of speculative fiction and Russian literature alike. Each story preceded by an illustrated title-page with black-and-white photo on the verso. Designed by Evgeny Polikashin and Alexander Vertsaizer. Small stain to title-page, else fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #805