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The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC 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

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