Collected Tales

ISBN-10: 0307269698
ISBN-13: 9780307269690
Edition: 2008
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Description: From the acclaimed translators ofWar and Peace,Crime and Punishment, andThe Brothers Karamazov,a brilliant translation of Nikolai Gogol's short fiction. Collected here are Gogol's finest talesstories that combine the wide-eyed, credulous imagination  More...

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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/7/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 472
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

From the acclaimed translators ofWar and Peace,Crime and Punishment, andThe Brothers Karamazov,a brilliant translation of Nikolai Gogol's short fiction. Collected here are Gogol's finest talesstories that combine the wide-eyed, credulous imagination of the peasant with the sardonic social criticism of the city dwellerallowing readers to experience anew the unmistakable genius of a writer who paved the way for Dostoevsky and Kafka. 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 the mundane and the supernatural that Gogol crafted established his reputation as one of the most daring and inventive writers of his time.

Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol was born in 1809 in the Ukraine. His father was an amateur playwright who had a small estate with a number of serfs. From the ages of 12 to 19, young Gogol attended a boarding school where he became known for his sharp wit and ability to amuse his classmates. After school he worked as a government clerk. He soon began writing memories of his childhood. His quaint depictions of the Ukrainian countryside marked his style and helped to make him famous. Gogol quickly gained fame and formed a friendship with the influential poet, Aleksandr Pushkin. Gogol is largely remembered for his realistic characterizations, his rich imagination, and his humorous style. His works include Mirgorod, a collection of short stories including Taras Bulba. Gogol's wit is evident in his short story, The Nose, where a man's nose wanders off around town in a carriage. Gogol's masterpiece is the novel Dead Souls. In this work, a swindler plots to buy from landowners their dead serfs. Towards the end of Gogol's life, his creative powers faded and he fled to Moscow. Here, he came under the power of a fanatical priest. Ten days before his death he burned some manuscripts of the second part of Dead Souls. He died of starvation in 1852, on the cusp of madness.

Richard Pevear has produced acclaimed translations of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, & Bulgakov. The translation of "The Brothers Karamazov" won the 1991 PEN Book of the Month Club translation prize.

Larissa Volohonsky has produced acclaimed translations of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, & Bulgakov. The translation of "The Brothers Karamazov" won the 1991 PEN Book of the Month Club translation prize.

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Chronology Translators&#8217
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Ukranian Tales St. John’s Eve
The Night Before Christmas
The Terrible Vengeance Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and His Aunt Old World Landowners Viy
The Story of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich
Petersburg Tales Nevsky Prospect
The Diary of a Madman
The Nose
The Carriage
The Portrait
The Overcoat
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