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Le manteau; le nez

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Gioielli del realismo grottesco di Gogol’, questi racconti sono tra i più significativi esiti della sua fantasia figurativa smisurata e della sua visione surrealista del mondo.
Nel gelo di Pietroburgo, una città livida e ostile, è ambientato Il cappotto: è la triste vicenda di un impiegato mite e remissivo, deriso dai colleghi, eternamente sottomesso, che viene derubato del
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carl  theaker

I was not familiar with Gogol until this little book, which
is not meant as any disparagement on Nikolai. It's interesting
that every so often the literary net catches a new one and in
this case it was a pleasant find.

Even though these works were written around 1840 they still
hold up, no sense of dated material here. Gogol's stories
involve lots of detail of human nuances and activities with
a clever tone. He delves into the bureaucracy and those that
run them or rather how the system runs them. De
Il cappotto: Akakij Akakievic è un impiegato di un ministero incaricato di copiare documenti. Di animo nobile, egli è l’oggetto di derisione da parte dei colleghi a causa del suo cappotto ormai rovinato dal tempo. Numerosi sacrifici permettono ad Akakij di comprare un nuovo cappotto. I colleghi ora lo ammirano, lo fanno sentire “importante”, ma una notte qualcuno ruba, all’impiegato, il prezioso indumento. Akakij prova a rivlgersi alle forze dell’ordine e ai pezzi grossi della società, ma nessun ...more
The Nose is perhaps one of my favorite short stories! I recently attempted this as bedtime reading for my young niece and nephew (4 and 7) on a weekend sleep over and although the language was difficult for them, they loved the absurdity of the story. Something about Gogol translating well to 21st century, American children... i dunno. i turned them on to Prokofiev's "Peter and the wolf" last year, so maybe that helped....
Gogol's irony and inventiveness are unparalleled. It helps to know a bit of the real, non-politically romanticized history of the Russian people, more than the collection of Russian events which are usually taught in most American schools, as it takes this to enjoy the full body of these excellent stories.
Suggested to me by the lovely Jennifer Richardson! What an adorable little book - and I don't just mean it's meager proportions. Contains two short stories, both funny in their own Russian way (What does that mean? It literally means nothing). Anyhow, the first story made me very sad up through the climax, which most people (myself included) probably saw coming from a mile away, at which point I chose to sleep on the train instead of read about poor overcoat-less Akaky. The second story was just ...more
Fabiola G.
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- Il cappotto: 3* e ½,
- Il naso: 3+*;
- Il calesse: 2* e ½.
It was entertaining, but also weighed down by cumbersome wording and excessive 'cleverness' (trying too hard). I understand that some of the problem may be linguistics and translation issues, wasn't exactly a page turner.

When I read Gogol, I almost feel like he must have been an influence on people like Douglas Adams due to similarities in the style - though I'm not sure anyone else would agree with me on that.
Le Nez est une nouvelle fantastique savoureuse, absurde et décalée qui se veut également une satire sociale de la Russie du XIXème siècle. Le Manteau est un peu moins réussi et reprend le thème de la satire sociale sur fond de fantastique, mais de manière un peu plus tragique.
Not one of Gogol's best. It's an enjoyable short tale. Perhaps it was the translation that I read, but it did not pack the punch I thought it was going to. It only hints at the genius of Dead Souls or the Government Inspector. I was a little disappointed.
This book has just two of Nikolai Gogol's short stories in it, in translation from Russian. They were interesting, but kind of weird -- particularly "The Nose". Absurd might even be a better word!
it's official, the russians are tragically hilarious
Catalina Leibovici
Very impressed reading this book. All my recommendations
Oct 04, 2008 Youdid rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: enthusiasts of Russian literature, espacially naturalism
Manchmal etwas abstrakt. Gogol halt...
Relu au printemps, et ma fille a adoré!
I liked Gogol; he's the man!
Nat Shirman
Oct 11, 2013 Nat Shirman marked it as russian-literature  ·  review of another edition
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Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Николай Васильевич Гоголь) was born in the Ukrainian Cossack village of Sorochyntsi, in Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire, present-day Ukraine. His mother was a descendant of Polish nobility. His father Vasily Gogol-Yanovsky, a descendant of Ukrainian Cossacks, belonged to the petty gentry, wrote poetry in Russian and Ukrainian, and was an amateur Ukrainian-langu ...more
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