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Plays and Petersburg Tales: Petersburg Tales; Marriage; The Government Inspector

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This volume brings together Gogol's Petersburg Tales with his two most famous plays, all of which guide us through the streets of St. Petersburg, the city erected by force and ingenuity on the marshes of the Neva estuary. Something of the deception and violence of the city's creation seems to lurk beneath its harmonious facade, however, and it confounds its inhabitants wit ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 28th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Nels Mattson
i only read the two plays out of this book. the first play, marriage, was cute and fun. it was nothing special in other words.

the second play, however, was amazing. it was somehow hilarious, simple, dark and beautiful all at the same time. evidently, the translator read nabokov's biography of gogol. in the endnotes he quotes nabokov and he doesn't fall into any of the traps nabokov says previous translators fell into.

the guthrie is doing a production of the government inspector soon and i'm plan
Gogol's stories present a world that is just far too strange to make any sense of it (but you don't need necessarily need to, and I, for one, prefer it that way). The hilariously absurd characters and descriptions make for a laugh-out-loud read that will make you begin to wonder about the very world we ourselves know to be reality. Reading Gogol is pure pleasure, but at the same time so thought-provoking in terms of its underlying statements about perception and how much it relates to one's over ...more
Really liked the story about the artists-- the first half anyway. That was sublime. "The Nose" and "The Overcoat" were pretty good, but not excellent (as per my opinion). Then again, it could have been the translation I was reading, which is the this same version. Overall, it was still quite good.
Rashad Raoufi
the overcoat is as great as its credited to be but the others are a brilliant collection too, gogol is a scathingly on form stairist and his humour surpass all! had me laughing out loud quite unexpectedly,a great work indeed.
Carey Combe
I really enjoyed these unusual, entertaining and surreal stories. Brilliant writer with an even more brilliant imagination. I particularly liked the Overcoat. Recommended to anyone who likes the bizarre!
Anna Pervukhin
I don't vouch for this particular translation. I am reading this book in Russian, which is why it is taking me so fucking long.
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It´s a great book...Gogol has a fantastic sense of humor...
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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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