Collected here are Gogol’s finest tales—stories that combine the wide-eyed, credulous imagination of the peasant with the sardonic social criticism of the city dweller—allowing 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.
From the acclaimed translators of War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamazov, a brilliant translation of Nikolai Gogol’s short fiction.
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About the Author
Nikolai Gogol was born in 1809. The author of such classic works as Dead Souls, The Government Inspector, and Taras Bulba, he died in 1852.
Together, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have translated works by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, and Gogol. They live in Paris.
Praise for The Collected Tales…
“The present translators have contrived to reveal [Gogol’s qualities] to the non-Russian reader at last, and virtually for the first time.” —John Bayley, The New York Review of Books
“A superb translation.” —The New Yorker