Fresh from medical school in the winter of , the young and inexperienced Dr. Bomgard assumes the role of the only doctor in a provincial Russian hospital. This item:A Alma Classics Young Doctor’s Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov Mikhail Bulgakov () was a Soviet Russian author and playwright best. : A Young Doctor’s Notebook (): Mikhail Bulgakov: Books.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Brilliant stories that show the growth of a novelist’s mind, and the raw material that fed the wild surrealism of Bulgakov’s later fiction. With the ink still wet on his diploma, the twenty-five-year-old Dr. Mikhail Bulgakov was flung into the depths of freezing rural Russia which, noteookwas still largely unaffected by such novelties as the motor car, the telephone or Brilliant stories that show the growth of a novelist’s mind, and the raw material that fed the wild surrealism of Bulgakov’s later fiction.
Mikhail Bulgakov was flung into the depths of freezing rural Russia which, inwas still largely unaffected by such novelties as the motor car, the telephone or electric light. Paperbackpages. Bulgakpv February 19th by Harvill Press first published MourievoRussian Federation. mukhail
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Country Mikhaio Notebookplease sign up. Is the book in anyway related to the BBC program? In the BBC version the Doctor ,tell his story, by jumping back and forth time wise. Probably just a ,modern day, screenwriters trick to move the story along? Jonas The first season – yes, very similar to the book.
The second season doctro not related at all. Joon Rhee I read two translations of the book, and from what I see, there are yooung two translations of the book: Michael Glenny and Hugh Aplin. Honestly, …more I read two translations of the book, and from what I see, there are only two translations of the book: Honestly, Glenny’s translations were better. There’s a lot of original details and left out or transformed so a modern reader could relate to the material more, but it isn’t as incomprehensible as Aplin’s.
One incredibly minor detail was Glenny’s use of “miles” instead of “versts. There are some details added, but I don’t think every detail was added either. The syntax notebooi prose is spotty, and at some moments I even questioned the translator’s word choice.
One minor example was Aplin’s use of “dad,” yonug the physician called some of his elderly patients. Honestly, “mister” could be a better substitute. Even if Bulgakov literally used “father” in the bulakov, a footnote could’ve been added to explain Slavic honorifics.
See all 3 questions about A Country Doctor’s Notebook…. Lists with This Book. Now to be translated to a small screen featuring Daniel Radcliffe.
And it will be “a ylung black comedy”. I kid you not. I’m still trying to decide how I feel about bulgskov. Mikhail Bulgakov, the amazing Russian writer of The Master and Margarita fame, was a medical doctor by training. Just like the young protagonist of his semi-autobiographical collection of short storie ” I am a doctor, thrown straight from the university bench into a far away village, in the beginning of the revolution. Just like the young protagonist of his semi-autobiographical collection of ublgakov stories The Notes of a Young Doctor translated as A Country Doctor’s Notebookhe has spent the time of his internship in a country hospital in the middle of nowhere, having to deal with insane patient volume, confusing diagnoses, and plain human stubbornness and stupidity that can make any medical professional’s life a living hell.
And what amazed me is that so many of these things are still present even in our sophisticated modern-day medicine. Some things never change, do they? The first gas lights are nine miles away at the railroad station [ Bomgard, sent straight from the medical university in Russia in the winter of to be the only doctor in a provincial hospital the staff there consisting of a couple of nurses and a pharmacist without any supervision or backup – save for quite a few medical textbooks nottebook brand-new medical knowledge that bhlgakov brought with him.
This gives quite a new meaning to the whole ‘thrown in at the deep end’ phrase, doesn’t it? Or, let’s say, a patient with a strangulated hernia? What am I supposed to do then? Please, kindly tell me. Forty-eight days ago I graduated with high distinction, but distinction is one thing and hernia is another.
Once I saw my professor operate on the strangulated hernia.
He was doing it, and I was sitting in the audience, watching him. I felt cold sweat running along my spinal column when I thought about hernias. Every night I sat in the same pose, having drank tea: And on my right – ten different illustrated surgical manuals. Picture a young doctor having to perform a maneuver to turn a malpositioned fetus in the mother’s womb to save two lives – and never having done this procedure before, flipping through the pages of the textbook minutes before the surgery to figure out what the hell he is supposed to do.
Imagine him performing a tracheostomy surgically opening a throat to enable breathing on a small dying child with diphtheria while her frantic mother is waiting outside. Think about discovering that your seemingly intelligent patient has taken his entire course of medications all at once to speed up the healing process, apparently and now is almost dying in front of your eyes.
Imagine the entire villages infected with syphilis without having any idea about the disease or its severity, and abandoning life-saving treatment halfway through at the earliest signs of improvement. Think about realizing that your colleague has fallen prey to the deadly morphine addiction, painstakingly documenting the horrific mental and physical destruction by the way, probably one of the earliest realistic portrayals of narcotic addiction in fiction, and based on personal experience with the drug, no less.
Fate threw me into this wilderness and made me fight my battles alone, without any support or instruction. What unbelievable difficulties I have to suffer through. They can bring in any strange or difficult case, most often a surgical case, and I have to face it, with my unshaven face, and win. And if you don’t win, then you have to suffer and torture yourself – like now, riding along a bumpy country road, leaving behind an infant’s little corpse and his mother.
After building up a favorable reputation after a miraculous life-saving amputation on day one, the doctor ends up seeing over a hundred patients daily that’s in addition to the hospitalized patientsoften having almost no time to sleep, and often still having to make a house call to a woman dying in labor or a patient too sick to be transported to the hospital, often riding miles in miles in the middle of Russian winter blizzard.
I stopped eating dinners. Mathematics is a cruel science. Let’s imagine that I was spending only five minutes – five! Five hundred minutes – eight hours and twenty minutes. All in a row, please note that. And besides that I had a hospital ward for thirty patients. And in addition to that, I was still performing surgeries.
And yet, so unlike the doctor stereotype of that long-gone era he exhibits astounding patience and perseverance, fighting the uphill battle and actually succeeding with every life saved, every disaster averted.
These stories are often sad but at the same time life-affirming. And I happily give this book about my colleague almost a hundred years docctor, facing similar problems that we encounter even in modern medicine, five well-earned stars.
A Country Doctor’s Notebook
I counted for an hour. In a year I have seen 15, patients, I had hospitalized patients, and only six died. View all 17 comments. View all 5 comments. Written between andthese short stories are a mile away his most famous novel ‘The Master and Margarita’, here instead adopting a raw, realistic account of his experiences as a 24 year-old doctor in remote north-west Russia, where he was put in charge of a small hospital and left to get on with it, sometimes in conditions that were dreadful.
Isolation is a big thing running through the book, the distance from civilised society weighs heavily on the soul. Alone at night in his study, w Written between andthese short stories are a mile away his most famous novel ‘The Master and Margarita’, here instead adopting a raw, realistic account of his experiences as a 24 year-old doctor in remote north-west Russia, where he was put in charge of a small hospital and left to get on with it, sometimes in conditions that were dreadful.
Alone at night in his study, with only his oil lamp for comfort, he reflects: The nearest street lamps are 32 miles away in the district town. The brutal, impersonal force of the physical world not only endangers his patients, but threatens to extinguish the metaphorical light of reason, knowledge and social progress. At first, Bulgakov’s “university-trained” mind is his sole weapon against the ignorance, cunning and superstition of the peasants, but as the months pass, he grows increasingly cunning himself, learns to outwit their objections with displays of confidence he does not feel and knowledge he does not always possess.
Bulgakov casts a wry, self-deprecating humour. It is what helps him to learn, bestows him with compassion for his patients, brings him satisfaction when the sick recover. His compassion for human folly is unfailing, and he nails his own foibles as unflinchingly as everyone else’s.
A country doctors’s Notebook stands testament both to human resilience and a remarkable literary talent. Along with ‘The White Guard’, this is Bulgakov getting deep down in real life situations of his time.
He definitely belongs up there with the great 20th century writers.
View all 15 comments. If you watched A Young Doctor’s Notebook with Daniel Radcliffe and decided to read the original stories like meand were expecting a rather comical representation of a Russian hospital tucked away deep in the countryside like mea bit of a surprise awaits you. That is, while the adaption was very enjoyable, Bulgakov’s stories are even better not that hard to believe, though. They are not particularly funny which one would expect based on the mini-seriesbut there is a strong element o If you watched A Young Doctor’s Notebook with Daniel Radcliffe and decided to read the original stories like meand were expecting a rather comical representation of a Russian hospital tucked away deep in the countryside like mea bit of a surprise awaits you.
They are not particularly funny which one would expect based on the mini-seriesbut there is a strong element of tragicomedy which managed to squeeze a laugh out of me at times. The stories can get docror nasty and disgusting reading about pus and syphilis is no rainbows and butterfliesand the stubbornness and docctor of people can be baffling but that hasn’t changed now, has itand the overall picture is not very, ehm, promising, but it’s a great read in a thank-god-i-wasnt-there way.
All this symphony ends on a powerful note.