The Fatal Eggs
Translit Publishing, 1 apr. 2010
As the turbulent years following the Russian revolution of 1917 settle down into a new Soviet reality, the brilliant and eccentric zoologist Persikov discovers an amazing ray that drastically increases the size and reproductive rate of living organisms. At the same time, a mysterious plague wipes out all the chickens in the Soviet republics. The government expropriates Persikov's untested invention in order to rebuild the poultry industry, but a horrible mix-up quickly leads to a disaster that could threaten the entire world. This H. G. Wells-inspired novel by the legendary Mikhail Bulgakov is the only one of his larger works to have been published in its entirety during the author's lifetime. A poignant work of social science fiction and a brilliant satire on the Soviet revolution, it can now be enjoyed by English-speaking audiences through this accurate new translation. Includes annotations and afterword.
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Alexander Semyonovich Alfred Bronsky amoebas amphibians began beneath Birdov Bolshoi Theater bowler Bulgakov chamber chicken eggs chicken plague chicks comrade crowd door Dunia entire eyes face farm Fatal Eggs Father Sergius finger flashed flute frogs galoshes Grachevka greenery greenhouse guard guest hands hatch head hell Herzen Street hissing Hodja Nasreddin howled inside institute Izvestiya Kontsovka laboratory legs light looked man’s Manya Maria Stepanovna Master and Margarita Matryona microscope Moscow Mozhaisk night novel o’clock OGPU pale Pankrat Pankrat replied paper People’s Commissar Persikov asked Persikov continued Persikov replied Phate Polaitis pond Portugalov Prechistenka private docent Ivanov profes Professor Persikov Pyotr Stepanovich red ray reptiles revolver rooster Russian Schukin scientist scream Sheremetev shouted sikov silent sir professor Smolensk Smolensk Province snake Soviet stared strange Surinam toad terrariums Theater toads turned visitor Vladimir Ipatievich voice Volokolamsk what’s going window yard