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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  4,287 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Dai libri si imparano molte cose: come agganciare i pensieri tra di loro, come trovare la parola giusta che esprima un sentimento incerto, come guardare le persone e le storie che ci stanno accanto, spesso velate dall'abitudine. Ma si imparano anche cose più semplici, dati e nozioni che si accumulano a poco a poco nella mente, un'informazione sulla Parigi dell'Ottocento, s ...more
Paperback, I Grandi della Narrativa # 24, 159 pages
Published November 5th 2011 by Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso S.p.A (first published 1835)
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This book is a classic example of the great gorge between the western and eastern mentality. Most people from western countries have read this book for the sole purpose of elevating themselves "culturally" because it's considered one among'st many of Russia's classic works. So, when I see a review stating that they don't get it, or, the characters are barbaric, anti-Semitic etc, I say "of course you don't get it, you've missed the point, you don't understand the context or historical significanc ...more
Gogol is primarily known as the father of Russian realism and for his grotesquely evocative descriptions, but 'Taras Bulba' represents a completely different mode for the author. Taking inspiration from the Greek epics and the nationalistic poems of French knights, Gogol creates his own story of national identity.

Though elements of realism and satire creep into the book, its tone is largely that of an action film: exciting, gritty, and passionate. Like almost any such national work, this fervor
Yikes, this warrior's got some low-hangin' bulbas. This gogolian tale is about a 16th century Cossack and his two sons who drink vodka, slaughter their enemies and yell stuff. It's often shockingly anti-semitic and misogynistic. I know that this book was inspired by Ukranian folklore, but it seems to me that those folks were just a bunch of irredeemable a-holes. Hemingway called it one of the 10 best books of all time, but I only enjoyed the last 30 pages. I did, however, learn the difference be ...more
It is fascinating to observe the response of Western readers to Gogol's epic Taras Bulba. Therefore, I would like to emphasize the importance of cultural and historical perspectives when analyzing this particular work. First, if you want to see what Gogol's Cossacks really looked like (the Hollywood version is bs) (it's a Russian movie)

Being of both Russian and Ukrainian heritage, and having read the work in its original, I feel that some American readers
At the height of the neoconservative-Bush era, the right’s intellectuals tried to claim a new literary canon. The grab for “Taras Bulba” (found in a Robert Kaplan “Atlantic” essay) ranks among the strangest. The relevance of a 19th Century national-romance novel about Cossacks killing Poles and Jews to national security policy is a question now (hopefully) confined to the dark arts days of the Bush years. The novel greatly benefits from being relieved of responsibility of solving Central Asia’s ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
This is one of Gogol's earliest works, and written before he'd hit his satirist stride. This takes place in the 15th Century, and Gogol calls these Cossacks "half-civilized." This story is based in fact - half civilized is a good description. I might have gone all the way to barbarian.

The beginning has his sons return from the monastery, and Bulba wants to celebrate before taking them to where the Cossacks congregate.
"Enough, you've howled quite enough, old woman! A Cossack is not born to run ar
This wonderfully written and hideously grisly novel makes it clear why, at a certain time and place in history, everyone with a shred of an instinct toward self-preservation was fleeing the Cossacks. And what if your father or brother was (like Taras Bulba) a Cossack? Then flee posthaste, because he knows where you live and is likely to either recruit or dismember you. Or maybe both. Contemporary readers will find much to reject: for instance, the glorified violence and bald anti-Semitism are in ...more
Ioannis Savvas
Ο Τάρας Μπούλμπα από τα παιδικά μου χρόνια ακόμα, μου άναβε τη φαντασία, όταν από τη βιβλιοθήκη του πατέρα μου, σε έκδοση ΒΙΠΕΡ με καλούσε. Είχα κοιτάξει το οπισθόφυλλο και ήξερα ότι ο Τάρας ήταν ένας τρομερός Κοζάκος. Ξεφύλλιζα το βιβλίο και από μέσα ξεπετάγονταν μάχες, αίμα, μίσος και δυστυχία. Κάτι με μαγνήτιζε να το διαβάσω, αλλά ο φόβος αυτών που θα ζούσα εκεί μέσα δεν με άφηνε.

Τα χρόνια πέρασαν και το βιβλίο, σε άλλη έκδοση, ξαναέπεσε στα χέρια μου. Ο πειρασμός ήταν μεγάλος: έχοντας ξεπερά
Quân Khuê
Cuốn sách này là một trong những cuốn khiến cho chàng Goldmund thời niên thiếu xúc động sâu xa, đặc biệt là cảnh lão già Taras Bulba chứng kiến cái chết của con trai.
Геллее Авбакар
I get this edition free of charge from the Providing website of Feedbooks I read in English with a nice quality of writing.

My Plot:
The Whole story was about the life and the death of a Cossack called Taras Bulba, This personality in fact reveals the true view of GOGOL to this kind of Population, anyway, Bulba was married and having two nice children ANDREJ and OSTAP. when they visited him fist after the end of their study in Kiev. Bulba goes with his fantasies back saying that his son
I can't really make up my mind about this book. I like the heavy intertextuality that connects it to Slovo o polku igoreve and the Zadonshchina. I had no idea it was a book in the epic warrior style, but as soon as the falcons and all the other birds showed up, and the repetitive "for the Christian faith" was inserted somewhere on every page I felt like I was straight back reading the Zadonshchina (which was a feat accomplished with a lot of moaning and complaining). This was easily also the mos ...more
A ridiculous adolescent fantasy with nationalist and racist themes, it is unclear to me why this is considered a classic. The fighting spirit of the Cossacks is absurdly romanticized and makes the book read more like propaganda than literature. The characters are without character, so to speak - flat, one-dimensional personalities. The gore and violence is only slightly effective, nothing that I can't get out of a round of "Mortal Kombat," and because it does not develop around a plot I can take ...more
It just occurred to me that if it weren't for the fact that the Cossacks, whose life Gogol describes here, are Greek Catholic, and rather despise their Roman Catholic neighbors (to say nothing of slaughtering them at every opportunity), this could be Mel Gibson's favorite book. It has just about everything that good ole Mel loves: fanatic nationalism, antisemitism, misogyny, lots of torture and even a few chase scenes. And of course a rebel leader (of sorts) who sacrifices himself for his troupe ...more
Βιβλιομανής aka Ελευθερία
Το βιβλίο δεν έχει κάποια φοβερή πλοκή που να σε τραβάει να δεις τι θα γίνει παρακάτω, είναι όμως ενδιαφέρον από λαογραφικής και εθνολογικής απόψεως. Σου δίνει την ευκαιρία να παρατηρήσεις την ιδιοσυγκρασία των Κοζάκων "άμεσα" (δεν ξέρω πώς το έκανε αυτό ο Γκόγκολ), χωρίς ίχνος κριτικής ή "φίλτρων" δυτκού πολιτισμού.
Carol Greer
Who would dare to give Gogol fewer than 5 stars? I can just imagine his cringe at a 3 or 4 star rating -- and of course you'd be risking his throwing the whole manuscript into the fire. I'm ashamed to say that after years of reading Slavic lit, this is the first time I've read TARAS. I didn't expect TB to be fun, like DEAD SOULS, and I knew it wouldn't be spooky like "Portrait" or even "Overcoat," but I was taken aback by how painful it was. I don't think I've ever had such mixed feelings about ...more
Το έργο κατατάσσεται στα διηγήματα του Gogol και περιγράφει τις περιπέτειες ενός τέως Κοζάκου, του Ταρά Μπούλμπα, και των δυο του γιων. Η ιστορία ανήκει στη λογοτεχνία του ρομαντικού πατριωτισμού και αυτό φαίνεται ξεκάθαρα αποτυπωμένο στον πρωταγωνιστή μας. Δε με ξετρέλανε, όπως άλλα έργα του, παρόλα αυτά ήταν πολύ ενδιαφέρον και τραγικό.
Jan 17, 2009 Steblekiv rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with balls
Recommended to Steblekiv by: me
ANYONE that doesn't see the pure genius of this masterpiece should shut his hole...

Cossacks were fearless, strong, and did not complain when it's time to die... exactly what is missing in today's pussified america

Freaking Fools... shut up

Hemingway called it "one of the 10 best books ever written"

So Hemingway is a fool? yeah, right.. sure

Modern, Americanized, PUSSIFIED, people are so damn stupid...

why waste anymore of my time?

If you can't love Gogol's genius.. shut up and mind your own bullshit
Jim Robles
I was completely in love with Christine Kaufman after seeing the movie version in 1962.

I suppose that just because a book relates egregiously antisemitic, misogynistic, and nationalistic, that does not mean that the book is . . . ? In this case I think it still should be taken as a cautionary tale: how are things going in the Ukraine these days?

p. 53. But the future is unknown and lies before man like an autumn fog rising from the swamps, a fog in which birds fly high and low, fluttering their w
Anna Matsuyama
I would have loved this when I was few years younger! Warrior honour, history, gore, fights, religion and doomed love. I did enjoy it now too.
Taras Bulba is not likeable character however he did earn my respect.
Main characters are Orthodox just like me, that's nice. :)

В это время подъехал Остап.
-- Батько! -- сказал он. Тарас не слышал.-- Батько, это ты убил его?
-- Я, сынку!
My edition of “Taras Bulba” included two other stories along with the main novella. These stories were connected by the fact that Cossacks were the main characters in each, and each story gave some hints about Cossack culture (with a strong emphasis on religion) to different degrees.

“Taras Bulba” is a one hundred and seven page novella. It focus on a powerful Cossack named Taras Bulba and his two grown sons as they go off to fight the Polish. Of course, things do not go as planned, and the young
Molly Jones
Mar 05, 2007 Molly Jones rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical war lovers
Very simply, this book's story just isn't my taste. It's about a Russian warrior and his two sons, who all go off to fight in a rather pointless battle. We follow them on horse from camp to camp, debating whether or not they should pick a fight against their long-time enemies, although they are outnumbered, and, of course, everyone dies. It's like a Shakespearean play, only set in Russia and written much less well.
I read this book when I was in graduate school studying Latin and Ancient Greek. I was immediately struck by the similarities between Gogol's writing style and the epics of Homer, especially the "Iliad." In particular, Gogol was able to capture Homer's descriptions of the violence of war-vivid, fast-paced and gruesome. Not exactly light reading. But I couldn't put it down-in fact, I'd say Gogol gave Homer a run for his money.
Roman historique très bien écrit, dont l'action se déroule au 17e siècle en Ukraine. Beaucoup de poésie dans la plume de Gogol. Explore les thèmes de la guerre et la camaraderie. mais parle également d'amour. Expose l'âme cosaque dans toute sa splendeur et sa fougue. Scènes de combat haletantes et explicites. Accents Shakespeariens dans l'intrigue.
On the surface, very different from the other works in Gogol's canon. Sweepingly historical, with epic landscapes and battles scenes is a far cry from the quick wit and social satire of many of Gogol's short stories and plays. But it is really an experiment of form. Gogol typically works with a short form, and here takes an epic subject and gives it a slightly longer form. He covers so much time with such little prose, that one can easily see the influence it had on Hemingway. And it is loaded w ...more
Taras Bulba is quite different from the Gogol I had read before (the Nose, Overcoat, Diary of a Madman). Taras is much more along the lines of an adventure story. Gogol's story is good, very enjoyable, but such stories don't appeal to me much. If only I'd have found it in middle school or lower school, and if I were a cossack.
A few quotations
"There were few things, in fact, that a Cossack could not do. He knew the arts of black smithing and gunsmthing, how to distill vodka, build a wagon, prepa
Luka Ekhvaia
მთელი წიგნი ერთი დიდი ბრძოლის ველია, სადაც მოვლენები ჰიპერაქტიური სისწრაფით ვითარდება. ჰეროიკული გერილიები ჩამთრევია, მაგრამ შოვინიზმი აშკარად გადაჭარბებულია. წიგნში კარგად ჩანს ფუძეწარმთეული ადამიანების შეუპოვარი ხასიათი, კაზაკების სიძლიერის საიდუმლო სწორედ ეს იყო, ისინი არაფერზე იყვნენ დამოკიდებული, არც ძვირფას საგნებზე, არც თავიანთ კერაზე და ოჯახზე(ჩიბუხი გამონაკლისია). როდესაც დასაკარგი არაფერი გაქვს, თავდადებულობის და სიმამაცის კოეფიციენტი მაღლა იწევს. სხვა რომ არაფერი, კაზაკების, იშვიათი მ ...more
Marjana Simic
“But the future is unknown and lies before man like an autumn fog rising from the swamps, a fog in which birds fly high and low, fluttering their wings and not recognizing one another, the dove not seeing the hawk, the hawk not seeing the dove, neither knowing how near or far it might be from its destruction.”

“If words could only describe what is in a young woman’s glance! But neither chisel, nor brush, nor the mightiest of words can capture what at times will fill a woman’s look, or the tender
Ansarul Karim Jamee
Taras Bulba's two sons, Ostap and Andriy, return home from an Orthodox seminary in Kiev. Ostap is the more adventurous, whereas Andriy has deeply romantic feelings of an introvert. While in Kiev, he fell in love with a young Polish noble girl, the daughter of the Governor of Kovno, but after a couple of meetings (edging into her house and in church), he stopped seeing her when her family returned home. Taras Bulba gives his sons the opportunity to go to war. They reach the Cossack camp at the Za ...more
A great book generally, and very interesting insight to the mindset of the Zaporizhe Cossacks. Unfortunately, the concepts of Sech leaders inciting war and violence just for the sake of providing young people "experience," and based on racism and hostile nationalism detract greatly from the book. Also I think Gogol might have confused himself into thinking Ukrainians, Russians, and Cossacks all think of themselves as the same people. I don't think that's the case. Or perhaps, more cannily, Gogol ...more
Este clássico, revelou-se um livro razoavelmente interessante. Trata essencialmente sobre a vida dos Cossacos, não tanto numa perspectiva histórica, mas numa perspectiva individual, do Cossaco. Os valores e crenças deste guerreiro são aqui expostas, enquanto indivíduo e enquanto membro de um grupo com regras muito próprias.

Um pai e os seus dois filhos que regressam da universidade, vão para um campo de treino dos cossacos. Este pai quer assim iniciar os filhos nas artes da guerra, mas nem por
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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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