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Nikolai Gogol (1809-52) was born in the Ukraine and left for St Peterburg at the age of 19 where he published a collection of short stories and for a short time held the post of professor of history at the university. Gogol's experience of life in St Petersburg informed his savagely satirical play, The Government Inspector, and a series of brilliant short stories including Nevsky Prospekt and Notes of a Madman. From 1836 to 48, Gogol lived abroad, mainly in Rome, where he was working on his comic epic Dead Souls - a work he wrestled with for the rest of his life before renouncing literature and burning parts of the manuscript shortly before he died.
'Strangely enough, I mistook it for a gentleman at first. Fortunately I had my spectacles with me so I could see it was really a nose.' With this pair of absurd, comic stories Gogol indulges his imagination and delights readers. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Nikolay Gogol (1809-1852). Gogol's works available in Penguin Classics are Dead Souls, Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector & Selected Stories and The Night Before Christmas.
The story "e;The Overcoat"e; by Gogol is the most famous work about the "e;little man"e;. This is a touching and truthful story about a petty official Akaki Akakievich Bashmachkin, who was engaged in minor matters and often was therefore the object of ridicule. After reading the story, the discerning reader will certainly agree with Dostoevsky that "e;we all left Gogol's Overcoat."e;
The short story nevsky Prospekt - is a famous work by the great Russian writer Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol. We have the Nevsky prospect in front of us with its mystic reality, which fully absorbs two young people - lieutenant Pirogov and artist Piskaryov. The picturesque nooks of this prospect with its mysterious public have many dangers inside.
'The Nose'' - is a magnificent absurd short story by a great Russian satirist Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol. The unity of lambent Gogol's humor and bright sketching of the everyday life of those times make this comic work to be special.
'The Government Inspector'' - is a famous play by an outstanding writer of the Xix centurynikolai Gogol, which is compulsory for all the schoolchildren. The readers are used to perceiving the official company and Khlestakov's adventures as a satiric play from the pre-revolutionary Russia. However, few people know that under the figure of real government inspector Gogol was trying to lead out to the scene not only suddenly appeared capital inspector, but also the human conscience which cannot be bribed with any bribes.
A novella evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka - is the peak of Russian fiction, the author of which is unsurpassed writer and playwright Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol. It unites several stories about fabulous events, which took part on a farm, not far from Dikanka. The most famous story is the story christmas Eve where a blacksmith Vakula together with Devil set off to St. Petersburg to find the shoes for his beloved Oksana. The novella evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka impresses with its fantastic plot, where real and fabulous characters are harmoniously united.
Nikolai Gogol's book viy does not need any introduction, because thanks to embarrassing and mysterious mystification and deeply felt national spirit, it has already become the part of the immortal cultural treasury. This is the real horror book, in which, however, the questions of faith and unbelief are risen, the power of prayer and strength of spirit are glorified. Having found himself in the house of a witch, a seminarian -philosopher Khoma Brut hardly breaks away from her and tries to forget what happened as a nightmare. Nevertheless, the head of the university orders him to read the prayers for three days at the dead lady's coffin, who, as a result, appears to be that very witch, to meet with Khoma has supposed not for all the tea in China. Khoma has to hold all that for three nights.
The short story the Diary of a Madman - is one of the most unusual works, issued under the classic author of Russian literature Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol's pen. This is a small story about the titular councellor Arksenty Ivanovich Poprishchin, who gradually going out of his mind, has been making the notes in his diary for a few months. The astonishing short story the Diary of a Madman strikes us with unbelievable and sometimes fantastic changes, which happen to the protagonist's consciousness.
The Overcoat - is one of the famous St Petersburg short stories by the most mysterious author of the Russian literature Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol. This intricate story is about a poor Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin, who placed an order for a new overcoat for himself and was looking forward for it to be sewed. The author, skillfully using the words, shows all the indifference and cruelty of St Petersburg towards the poor official. The story is also famous thanks to magnificent domestically produced and foreign screen versions and staging on the world stages as well.
The novella was included into the series mirgorod and became one of the favourite Nikolai Gogogl's works. The work bases itself on the Cossack chronicles, historical investigations, and especially - folk songs about the fearless Cossacks. Having reconsidered it creatively, the author made the immortal figures of Taras Bulba and his sons on the background of the heroic epoch of the Cossack rebellion.
Nikolai Gogol's short fiction, collected here as The Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector and Selected Stories, deeply influenced later Russian literature with powerful depictions of a society dominated by petty bureaucracy and base corruption. This Penguin Classics edition is translated with notes by Ronald Wilks, and an introduction by Robert A. Maguire. This volume includes a selection of Gogol's most admired short fiction and his most famous drama. A hilarious and biting political satire, 'The Government Inspector' has been popular since its first performance and was regarded by Nabokov as the greatest Russian play ever written. The stories gathered here, meanwhile, range from comic to tragic and describe the isolated lives of low-ranking clerks, lunatics and swindlers. They include 'Diary of a Madman', an amusing but disturbing exploration of insanity; 'Nevsky Prospect', a depiction of an artist infatuated with a prostitute; and 'The Overcoat', a moving consideration of poverty. Edited and translated by Ronald Wilks, this new collection of Gogol's shorter writings skilfully captures the savage wit of the original works. Robert Maguire's introduction considers recurrent themes and explores Gogol's influence on realism. This edition also includes detailed notes, a publishing history for each story and a chronology. Nikolai Gogol (1809-52) was born in the Ukraine. His experience of St Petersburg life informed a savagely satirical play, The Government Inspector, and a series of brilliant short stories including Nevsky Prospekt and Diary of a Madman. For over a decade, Gogol laboured on his comic epic Dead Souls - before renouncing literature and burning parts of the manuscript shortly before he died. If you enjoyed The Diary of a Madman, you might like Anton Chekhov's The Steppe and Other Stories, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Everything he started to imagine transformed itself and began to wriggle with life' A.S. Byatt, author of Possession
Nikolai Gogol's 'epic poem in prose', Dead Souls is a damning indictment of a corrupt society, translated from the Russian with an introduction and notes by Robert A. Maguire in Penguin Classics. Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in the provincial town of 'N', visiting a succession of landowners and making each a strange offer. He proposes to buy the names of dead serfs still registered on the census, saving their owners from paying tax on them, and to use these 'dead souls' as collateral to re-invent himself as a aristocrat. In this ebullient picaresque masterpiece, Gogol created a grotesque gallery of human types, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial fool Manilov, and, above all, the devilish con man Chichikov. Dead Souls (1842), Russia's first major novel, is one of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy. In his introduction, Robert A. Maguire discusses Gogol's life and literary career, his depiction of Russian society, and the language and narrative techniques employed in Dead Souls. This edition also includes a chronology, further reading, appendices, a glossary, map and notes. Nikolai Gogol (1809-52) was born in the Ukraine. His experience of St Petersburg life informed a savagely satirical play, The Government Inspector, and a series of brilliant short stories including Nevsky Prospekt and Diary of a Madman. For over a decade, Gogol laboured on his comic epic Dead Souls- before renouncing literature and burning parts of the manuscript shortly before he died. If you enjoyed Dead Souls, you might like Fyodor Dostoyevsksy's The Brothers Karamazov, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Gogol was a strange creature, but then genius is always strange' Vladimir Nabokov 'I admire the way in which Maguire has kept his own brilliantly variegated vocabulary away from 20th-century phrases, without ever looking parodic or antiquarian' A.S. Byatt, author of Possession