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Les âmes mortes (French Edition) by Nikolai Gogol

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Dead Souls

i Dead Souls i is eloquent on some occasions lyrical on others and pious and reverent elsewhere Nicolai Gogol was a master of the spoof The American students of today are not the only readers who have been confused by him Russian literary history records more divergent interpretations of Gogol than perhaps of any other classic br br In a new translation of the comic classic of Russian literature Chichikov an enigmatic stranger and schemer buys deceased serfs names from their landlords poll tax lists hoping to mortgage them for profit and to reinvent himself as a gentleman

The Overcoat

The Overcoat which is generally acknowledged as the finest of Gogol s memorable Saint Petersburg stories is a tale of the absurd and misplaced obsessions

The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol

When Pushkin first read some of the stories in this collection he declared himself amazed Here is real gaiety he wrote honest unconstrained without mincing without primness And in places what poetry I still haven t recovered br br More than a century and a half later Nikolai Gogol s stories continue to delight readers the world over Now a stunning new translation from an award winning team of translators presents these stories in all their inventive exuberant glory to English speaking readers For the first time the best of Gogol s short fiction is brought together in a single volume from the colorful Ukrainian tales that led some critics to call him the Russian Dickens to the Petersburg stories with their black humor and wonderfully demented attitude toward the powers that be 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 br br These fantastic comic utterly Russian characters have dazzled generations of readers and had a profound influence on writers such as Dostoevsky and Nabokov Now they are brilliantly rendered in the first new translation in twenty five years one that is destined to become the definitive edition of Gogol s most important stories

The Nose

After disappearing from the Deputy Inspector s face his nose shows up around town before returning to its proper place

The Overcoat and Other Short Stories

Four works by great th century Russian author The Nose a savage satire of Russia s incompetent bureaucrats Old Fashioned Farmers a pleasant depiction of an elderly couple living in rustic seclusion The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarrelled with Ivan Nikiforovich one of Gogol s most famous comic stories and The Overcoat widely considered a masterpiece of form

Village Evenings Near Dikanka and Mirgorod

Hailed universally as Russia s finest comic writer and by many as its greatest writer of prose Nikolai creates a unique Ukranian world from the darkest Gothic to folkloric levity Here this extraordinary countryside is revealed in all its variety in his first two collections of short stories The only translation available of this cycle of stories this edition captures fully the spirit and vigor of his important early work for the first time

Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

Hailed by Nabokov as the greatest artist that Russia has yet produced Nikolai Gogol left his mark as a playwright novelist and writer of short stories Gogol s works remain popular with both writers and readers who prize his originality imaginative gifts and sheer exuberance br This collection offers an excellent introduction to the author s works Opening a door to his bizarre world of broad comedy fantasy and social commentary the title story portrays a petty official s mental disintegration as he struggles for the attention of the woman he loves Set during the repressive rule of Nicholas I it satirizes the bureaucratic excesses of the era Additional tales include The Nevski Prospect a portrayal of the feverish pace of St Petersburg street life and The Portrait a gripping depiction of a soul s perdition

The Inspector General

Considered the high point of Gogol s writing for the stage and a masterpiece of dramatic satire i The Inspector General i skewers the stupidity greed and venality of Russian provincial officials When it is announced that the Inspector General is coming to visit incognito Anton the chief of police hastens to clean up the town before his arrival Local officials scurry to hide evidence of bribe taking and other misdeeds setting the stage for the arrival from St Petersburg of Ivan a penurious gambler and rake who is promptly taken by the townspeople to be the dreaded Inspector General Ivan and his servant Osip soon take advantage of the situation with hilarious results First performed in the play transcends regional and national boundaries to offer a biting highly entertaining glimpse of universal human foibles and failings br

Taras Bulba

p Taras Bulba describes the life of an old Zaporozhian Cossack Taras Bulba and his two sons Andriy and Ostap The sons study at the Kiev Academy and then return home whereupon the three men set out on a journey to Zaporizhian Sich located in Southern Ukraine where they join other Cossacks and go to war against Poland p


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Вий, The Overcoat, The Inspector General, Diary of a Madman and Other Stories, Village Evenings Near Dikanka and Mirgorod, The Overcoat and Other Short Stories, Taras Bulba, Dead Souls, The Nose, The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol