Books: Revolting Masses

THE HEART OF A DOG by Mikhail Bulgakov. 146 pages. Harcourt, Brace & World. $3.95.

The Soviets are rehabilitating Mikhail Bulgakov, the satirical novelist and playwright who died in 1940, but so far they have not screwed their courage up to the point of publishing The Heart of a Dog, a novel recently spirited out of Russia in manuscript form. Bulgakov's complex and comical allegory, The Master and Margarita, was judged fit to be published in his homeland, after some ideological laundering. That was followed by Black Snow, a cudgeling of Stanislavsky. But these...

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