Pearls series

Even in his earliest writings, Mikhail Bulgakov exposed the ugliness and absurdity of the Soviet reality.

The Washington Post

From the author of The Master and Margarita comes this short and tragic masterpiece about drug addiction

Morphine

Fiction by Mikhail Bulgakov

Translated from the Russian by Hugh Aplin

Young Dr. Bromgard has come to a small country town to assume a new practice. No sooner has he arrived than he receives word that a colleague, Dr. Polyakov, has fallen gravely ill. Before Bromgard can go to his friend’s aid, Polyakov is brought to his practice with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and, barely conscious, gives Bromgard his journal before dying. What Bromgard uncovers in the entries is Polyakov’s uncontrollable descent into a merciless morphine addiction — his first injection to ease his back pain, the thrill of the drug as it overtakes him, the looming signs of addiction, and the feverish final entries before his death.

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Paperback (published September 26, 2013)

ISBN
9780811221689
Price US
10.95
Price CN
11.99
Page Count
64

Ebook (published September 26, 2013)

ISBN
9780811221696
Price US
10.95

Mikhail Bulgakov

20th century Russian novelist, playwright and journalist

Even in his earliest writings, Mikhail Bulgakov exposed the ugliness and absurdity of the Soviet reality.

The Washington Post

One of the great writers of the twentieth century.

—A.S. Byatt

As clean and bright as a scalpel.

Sunday Times

The anarchic, resistant genius of Russian literature.

—George Steiner, The New Yorker