The majority of authors employ symbols to illustrate universal truths. When we read Bulgakov’s writings, we see how the corruption of Soviet society is revealed in a fictional setting. When scientist Preobrazhensky implants a human brain into a dog, the animal develops into Sharikov, a humanoid monster who is cognizant but illogical. At the time, it had a metaphorical connotation, but today, the possibility of becoming “dog+heart” is steadily edging away from fiction. This is not a fairy tale any longer. How can one continue to be human? It’s important to familiarize oneself with this book before anything else.