The Fatal Eggs

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Translit Publishing, 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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Back in 2006, we read The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov in our book group and I loved it. This novel about the devil coming to a town of non-believers in 1930s Russia and spreading mischief ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Curriculum Vitae of Professor Persikov
3
A Colorful Swirl
8
Persikovs Got It
14
The Widow Drozdova
19
The Chicken Story
27
Moscow in June of 1928
42
Phate
46
The Incident at the State Farm
57
The Living Mass
73
Catastrophe
79
Battle and Death
86
A Frosty Deus ex Machina
93
Bulgakovs Fatal Novel
95
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