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The Diary of a Madman and Other Stories Mass Market Paperback – 9 Nov 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (9 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451529545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451529541
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,107,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809-1852), although Russian, was born in the village of Sorochyntsi in the Poltava Oblast province of central Ukraine. He was never accepted by the Russian public as being completely Russian in his thinking and political ideology, and indeed he was not. Gogol's Ukrainian upbringing is most evident in his early works which draw heavily from Ukrainian culture and folk history. His later writing was more subversive, openly satirizing the corruption he saw rampant throughout Russia's empire. Gogol was homosexual. At age seventeen he wrote passionate letters to a friend who, being two years older, had graduated before Gogol, leaving him bereft. Gogol eventually exiled himself from Russia, living in Rome. It was here that he enjoyed at least one mutual love affair with a man, but his lover died within a year of their meeting. Two years later Gogol fell in love with the poet Nikolai Yazykov and penned love letters to him, but his efforts came to nothing. Gogol died in Moscow and was buried at Davilov Monastery. His last words were placed on his tombstone: "And I shall laugh my bitter laugh." When Soviet authorities decided to demolish the monastery in 1931 and transfer Gogol's remains, it was discovered his body had been buried lying face down, leading some to wonder if he had been buried alive. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Thankfully we have the genuine genius of Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol to guide us through life's petty squabbles, absurdities and disappointments. This collection of some of his most loved stories are the perfect introduction into the underrated master of Russian literature as they present the reader with accessible, familiar characters in situations we can all relate to. Gogol does not present us with the grand sweep of events like Tolstoy, nor does he wrestle with familial conflict as does Turgenev, but gives us those vital issues that none can resist and all indulge in: petty gossip and irrational grievance.

The first story in this collection is the sublime DIARY OF A MADMAN which for me gives more of an insight into mental illness than just about any other book (fiction or fact) I can think of as we are submerged into the distorted reality of the pathetic Akaky Akakievich who goes from humble document copier to (imaginary) king of Spain. You will laugh out loud at some of Akaky's assertions (Letters are trash! Only chemists write letters!), wonder at some of his revelations (the Spain/China conundrum) and wince as he mistakes "therapy" in the mental asylum for the initiation rituals of the Spanish court. More importantly, Gogol will tear your heart as poor Akaky has a moment of clarity and realises what is really happening to him, before he nails the story with a killer joke final line.

Next up is the surreal THE NOSE, which many hail as his greatest short sotry but I found it a little too surreal for my taste. However, there's no doubting the quality of the writing and a quick scan of the spoiler introduction will explain the true meaning behind the tale.
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"The Diary Of A Madman", first published in 1834, belongs amongst Gogol's St. Petersburg stories. Also ibcluded are "The Nose" and "The Overcoat", which represent the peak of Gogol's achievement. The St. Petersburg stories all deal with the diabolical and nightmarish world of Tsarist Russia's capital city. Gogol depicts individuals isolated in an artificial city, built upon 101 marshy islands and staring out at the Baltic sea. This is a city where reality does not apply, and humanity is suffocated beneath an impersonal bureaucratic hierarchy. The events described are extraordinary in nature, yet told in a matter-of-fact way, which makes Gogol's work a masterpiece of comical absurdity. My favourite story is "The Nose".
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The DIARY OF A MAD MAN 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. HOUSE OF THE DEAD, UNION MOUJIK, POOR FOLKS, explore that depth of human suffering that leads to depravity for individuals or groups of people.
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Time limits me to a short review - a short review is all that is needed. A friend lent me a copy of this five years ago, since when it has provided me with an effortless gift idea for almost everyone I know - from a leading civil servant with a double first from Oxford, through to a dipsomanic tabloid junkie. Everyone I have given copies to have phoned within days, having read it twice and having loved it. This book is a delightful dose of the absurd. It is also delightfully undiscovered by the chattering classes, so anyone who wants the cachet of a brilliant yet unique recommendation - recommend this book to all of your friends. And no, I take no commission on sales.
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The DIARY OF A MAD MAN 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. House of the Dead, Union Moujiks, Poor Folks, explore that depth of human suffering that leads to depravity for individuals or groups of people.
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