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Gogol Collected Tales [Hardcover]

Nikolai Gogol
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2 Oct 2008
Collected here are Gogol's finest tales - stories which combine the wide-eyed, credulous imagination of the peasant with the sardonic social criticism of the city dweller - allowing readers to experience anew the unmistakable genius of a writer who paved the way of Dostoevsky and Kakfa. All of Gogol's most memorable creations are here: the minor official who misplaces his nose, the downtrodden clerk whose life is changed by the acquisition of a splendid new overcoat, the wily madman who becomes convinced that a dog can tell him everything he needs to know. The wholly unique blend of satire and realism that Gogol crafted established his reputation as one of the most daring and inventive writers of his time.

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  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman (2 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184159315X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841593159
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the acclaimed translators of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov comes this superb translation of the short fiction of Nikolai Gogol, the nineteenth-century Russian master.

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Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky are known for their highly-acclaimed translations of Dostoevsky, Gogol ad Tolstoy. Their translation of The Brothers Karamazov won America's prestigious PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable collection 21 Aug 2012
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This book consists of two parts. Part 1 ("Ukrainian Tales") has seven short stories which were selected by the translators from the "Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka" (1831-32) and "Mirgorod" (1835). These are folk tales in a rather weird world of witches, proud Cossacks, devils and magic spells. Gogol apparently based these stories mainly on the tales told by his Ukrainian mother.

Part 2 ("Petersburg Tales") has six well-known short stories. I particularly like "Nevsky Prospect". The atmospheric descriptions of St. Petersburg (where Gogol worked as an official for a while) are very good. "The Overcoat" and "The Nose" are phantasmal tales, while "The Diary of a Madman" is rather disturbing.

The translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (a husband and wife team) is excellent. It brings out the author's wit and humour, while the characters in the stories vividly come to life. There are extensive notes which are of great help to the reader. I whole-heartedly recommend this book (a good hardcover edition). (Granta Books also publishes exactly the same version in a paperback edition.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well presented 23 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover
Of all the stories, the one enjoyed most was THE DIARY OF A MAD MAN. It is an insightful story by Gogol that is full of humor, sadness, tragedy and hope. The literary style is first class and fully exposes the inner turmoil of a man with a conflict in his soul. The House of the Dead The Union Moujik Poor Folk, explore that depth of human suffering that leads to depravity for individuals or groups of people. The other short stories are equally masterpieces that we can read repeatedly without becoming bored.
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