The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol (Pevear / Volokhonsky Translation)

The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol (Pevear / Volokhonsky Translation)


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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."

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375706158
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1999
Series: Vintage Books Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 170,008
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.95(d)
Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)

About the Author

Nikolai Gogol was born in the Ukraine in 1809 and died in 1852. Originally trained as a painter, he became interested in the theater and was soon known for his plays and short stories, notably "The Diary of a Madman"  (1834), "The Nose"  (1836), and "The Overcoat"  (1842). Dead Souls, his novel, was published in 1842.

Richard Pevear, a native of Boston, and Larissa Volokhonsky, a native of Leningrad, are married and live in France. Their translation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize.

Also translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky, (and also available from Vintage Books) are Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol; and Crime and Punishment, Demons, and Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

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Table of Contents

St. John’s Eve

The Night Before Christmas

The Terrible Vengeance

Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and His Aunt

Old World Landowners


The Story of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich

Nevsky Prospect

The Diary of a Madman

The Nose

The Carriage

The Portrait

The Overcoat

What People are Saying About This

Vladamir Nabokov

"The greatest artist that Russia has yet produced."

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SaraPrindiville on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first two stories were very folktale-ish. Fantastic, loved the devil and sorcerers. The next ones were very Russian in style, reminiscent of Tolstoy in writing style. Whimsical flavor also, especially "The Nose". I think I remember that Kafka was influenced by him. I can see the influence in that hint of the ridiculous such as in "The Overcoat". A man died and came back a s a ghost to take vengeance- whereas in a serious story he would have just died.
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