Le journal d'un fou suivi de Le portrait et de La perspective Nevsky
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Le journal d'un fou suivi de Le portrait et de La perspective Nevsky

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Using a special blend of comedy, social commentary, and fantasy, Nikolai Gogol helped to introduce a realistic literary movement that led to the writings of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. The works included in this volume were written during Gogol's most productive period - a relatively short time of vigorous and brilliant creativity. As Leon Stilman states in his Afterword, "Th...more
Published December 2003 by Librio (first published 1835)
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Namrirru
This book forever changed my view of little dogs.
Prashant
This is the second Gogol that I read and it's so so so much fun to live in his world.

If The Overcoat had the poise and permanence of a man who understands the tribulations of his fellow human being, in this one Gogol sits in the mind of a madman to make us understand the thinking process of the person behind the facade.

The story is the journey of a man from the normal state of search of his place in this world to the extreme of delusion and confusion leading to madness.

The craving to be wanted...more
Bahman
اگر داستان کوتاه دوست دارید، اگر ادبیات روسیه را دوست دارید، اگر چخوف دوست دارید و هزار تا اگر دیگر:
یادداشت‌های یک دیوانه را از دست ندهید.
راستش مطمئن نیستم که قبلاً این کتاب را این‌جا معرفی نکرده‌ام. اگر تکراری است، شرمنده.
یادداشت‌های یک دیوانه مجموعه داستانی است از نیکلای گوگول، نویسنده روس که از ۱۸۰۹ تا ۱۸۵۲ زندگی کرده. یعنی کاملاً قبل از بزرگان ادبیات روسیه مثل داستایفسکی و تولستوی، تورگنیف و چخوف. می‌گویند همه این نویسندگان و اساساً بیشتر نویسندگان روس بعد از گوگول تحت تأثیر او بوده‌اند. تور...more
James
I never really thought of myself as a 'Russian Literature' kind of guy. But this was another one of those books that my father bought me, during my university years, when he was, I assume, trying to improve me (I have since realised that this was a regular enough occurrence to create a shelf, father-improves-me, to immortalise the collection). Obviously, my university years are behind me now by some way, so I figure I've put reading this one off for long enough.

I came to Gogol's Diary of a Mada...more
Gloria Mundi
The Diary of a Madman is a short story about a man's descent into madness. The hero, Poprishchin, is a middle aged minor civil servant obsessed with Sophie, the young and beautiful daughter of his boss, a senior official who stands on a much higher rank of the social ladder. As he begins to slide into insanity, the hero believes that he can hear a conversation between Madgie, Sophie's dog, and another dog and later steals letters written by Madgie to the other dog. The extracts from these letter...more
Troy
I picked this up because I read a parody of Gogol's "The Nose" by Dubravka Ugrešić (in her version, a guy wakes up to find his dick missing, looking like a Ken doll, and some poor schmuck of a woman finds the lost appendage in her hotdog bun). Anyway, I wanted to re-read not just "The Nose," but all of Gogol, who I haven't read in many years, and who blurred in my mind with his later acolytes, Bulgakov and Kafka. But Gogol is weirder than both. Despite all the strangeness and abrupt shifts in Ka...more
Konserve Ruhlar
Gogol okumaya öyküleriyle başlamak iyi bir karardı sanırım. Müthiş detaycı anlatımı ve öykülerin içine yazar kimliğiyle girip minik açıklamalar yapması güzeldi. Ayrıca Rus Edebiyatında ilk kez böyle uçuk kaçık öyküler okudum. Kahramanlar da olaylar da ilginçti. Özellikle ''burun'' sık sık öykülerde kullandığı bir organdı. Ya üşüyor, ya kayboluyor, ya da büyüklüğü küçüklüğü ile kişinin önem derecesini belirliyordu. Belki de ruslar burunlarına çok önem veriyorlar ya da bu burun olayı bir imgeydi :...more
EvilNick
A lot of people think that Gogol is a master of mixing the everyday with the absurd - a subtle kink of the credible incredible. These people are the ones that are mad. What Gogol knows is that the reality of the everyday is absurd.
I would write more, but I am expecting a delegation from Spain...
Mohnish
NG's works apart from absurd tragi-comedy themes blatantly mock ostentatious propriety driven materialistic debaucheries which have become a huge part of what it is to live in the world today. I had this idea that 200 years ago the myriads were not too prone of such ways as they weren't exposed to media/advertisements which has lead our generation into chasing unnecessary things while trying to create a social image which only contribute to our hubris. These stories suggest that these indeed are...more
Amir
نیکولای گوگول یه داستان کوتاه معرکه داره به اسم بلوار نیفسکی. یه تراژدی جمع و جور با دو تا خط داستانی که یکی شون جان هست، نفس هست... قصه ی یه هنرمند نقاش که یه روز تو خیابون گلوش پیش یه دختر خواستنی گیر می کنه و میافته دنبالش تا آخر سر کاشف به عمل بیاد که دختره تو نجیب خونه کار می کنه. طرفه این که گویا گوگول با رندی تمام و درست عکس داستایفسکی، توی چنبره ی فاحشه ی معصوم نیافتاده؛ طبیعتا نتیجه این میشه که دل رحمی های پیسکاریوف گوگول از زانو زدن های راسکولنیکف داستایفسکی بیشتر به دل می شینه.

دو سه د...more
Valancourt Books
(This review is of the 1972 Penguin edition, often reprinted, and translated by Ronald Wilks.) The first half of the 19th century in Russia produced many great authors (including some of my all-time favorites: Pushkin, Lermontov, Turgenev) but none with more sheer imaginative genius or a greater sense of the tragicomic absurdity of life as Gogol. This short volume reprints five of his best: three from his cycle of St Petersburg stories and two set in his native rural Ukraine.

In his generally use...more
Greer
'The Overcoat' is one of the most beautiful Russian stories of all time, or so I believe anyway. Akaky Akakych still haunts me, and whenever I think of him it's like every sympathetic, maternal bone in my body just spasms. He was so adorably insulated and sweet and pathetic, with the enjoyment he took from copying... he would get home from work as a copyer, just to delight in copying some more for leisure. That alone was touching in that sad kind of way, and made me feel sort of protective over...more
Jacob Aitken
Where Russian authors are concerned Gogol often is overshadowed by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. While Dostoevsky is still the Master, Gogol is a better storyteller. While Tolstoy powerfully captures the human dimension, Gogol has a tighter grip on his narrative. Gogol's outlook is tough to pin down. While he is a Petersburg urbanite, he knows that the Masonic civilization a la Peter the Great is an imposition of matter upon reality. The true life is found in hearth, home, and (as in the case of the C...more
Hugo Emanuel
I had never read Gogol but after reading this collection, I became an absolut fan. It contains one short story from the collection "Evenings On a Farm Near Dikanka", one from "Mirgorod" collection and 6 from the editorial cycle "Tales of St. Petersburg. The latter are absolutly magnificent, as is the play "the Goverment Inspector". This collection's only flaw is that it does not include "The Portrait"(from the Petersburg cycle), but it remains however an amazing introduction to Gogol's work. Aft...more
Tim Allen
Whilst studying drama at school as an 18 year old, my class adapted Diary of a Madman for a theatre project. We created a distinctly modernist style to the production and as a young man, it really helped me gain a greater understanding of the history of the arts. When I read the story, I was affected by the futility and boredom of the main character's featureless job. In his own mind he feels he is better than the life that fate has dealt him - he should be destined for greater things. This fuel...more
The Flooze
I managed four of the five stories of this collection. Unfortunately, the last was so tedious and silly my patience utterly failed me and I couldn’t bear to read another.

Gogol’s Diary of a Madman is the starting point. Written at first in a conversational tone, it allows for easy entry into the mind of the narrator. He is a shabby man, desirous of acknowledgement, and supposes those around him jealous of the time he spends in the Director’s office sharpening quills.

Yes, quills.

It seems in the...more
blake
Surprising and refreshing given my experience with other Russian writers. Gogol's stories are contrastingly light and comic, and his intrusive narration sometimes hilarious. His close to "The Nose," a completely absurd tale about a man losing and then finding his nose (which in the meantime has been disguising itself as a government official), made me laugh out loud:
. . . I cannot understand. It's absolutely beyond me. But strangest of all, the most incomprehensible thing, is that there are au
...more
Jaena Rae
Solid group of short stories.

"Diary of a Madman"- Not my favorite of the three stories, but definitely a fascinating read. Although, the characterization of the clerk didn't help me feel much for him. The clerk's diary turned out to be fairly dry.

"The Nevski Prospect"- This was initially a bit confusing for me. I wasn't sure where the narrative was going, and eventually it branched into two stories that had the same beginning, but decidedly different endings. I enjoyed the painter's story the mo...more
Stephie Jane Rexroth
"We have the marvelous gift of making everything insignificant."
—N.V. Gogol


The Diary of a Madman
"Year 2000 43rd of April"
[…]
"Marchtober the 86th
Between day and night"
"Today our messenger came to get me to go to the department since I haven't been to work for more than three weeks already. I went to the department just for kicks. The division chief thought I'd bow to him and start apologizing but I looked at him indifferently, not too angrily and not too graciously, and sat down in my place as i...more
Ivan Labayne
maybe the best books i have read so far this year. at one point, this reminded me of kafka. when the nose disappeared, out of the bluest blue in the commonest of common days. in another, it seems to spit at the ideals of enlightenment, i.e. causality and scientific logic, when these ideals are just being cooked. while the nose stings the idea of causality, the carriage and the overcoat tacitly comments on the idea of class aspirations as this can only lead to comedy (the carriage) or some salvat...more
Vipin Goyal
All stories in this book are marvellous. The comedy is heart touching. The Nose,The Overcoat and The Carriage are exceptionally well written stories. Taras Bulba has Gogol's flavor of historical prespects. Madman has seeds of existentialism.
Nate
Feb 29, 2008 Nate rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the insane, ukranian nationalists, people that buy stuff from wheelchair full of old men records
this one contains a lot of gogol's comedic stories, in addition to the novella "taras bulba", which is completely different in tone and plays out like a braveheart story where the bad guys are the poles and the jews. works for me
Chas Bayfield
Nice. I particularly liked the story about the nose. I love Gogol's world of bureaucrats in giant offices crunching away at data with no hope of social mobility. I also like his sense of humour. A really enjoyable read.
Nurul Nadzirin
What can I say - one reading of Gogol and I am quite securely gogolified!

The short stories are so varied, there is no shared plot theme which makes it such a great book to read in one sitting. I find Gogol's brand of surrealism to be funny and spontaneous, a delightful lens to read through the rather undelightful subjects he usually writes about. My particular favourite is "The Overcoat" - Gogol succeeded in creating a character so thoroughly likeable and pitiable not through ornate language, bu...more
Stella C
Bureaucracy is truly hilarious, even after translation and time. The Nose was one of my favorites.
Brian
The Portrait is now a favorite short story of mine.
Michael
Quite a few quotations:
Diary of a Madman
"She looked at me, at the books, and dropped her handkerchief. I rushed after it, slipped on the damn parquet and almost knocked my nose off, however, I recovered myself and got the handkerchief."
"His nose isn't made of gold, but it's just like mine, like everyone's... He uses it to smell with, and not to eat with, to sneeze with, not to cough with."
"How can a throne be vacant... A king should be on the throne. But they say there is no king. It can't be th...more
Sooz
so having read all but Taras Bulba - which has a much different flavour to it than stories like The Nose and The Overcoat - i decided to begin my review now. while reading these stories, i have been reading a collection of modern Russian stories called Moscow Noir. i've really enjoyed the mingling of the classic tales from the first half of the 19th century with the modern-day authors of the Noir collection.

Gogol himself perfectly sums up the theme of his short stories in The Nose: 'Perfect non...more
Adam Rabiner
Gogol's stories offer up a variety of styles and lengths. The book's eponymous story, a precipitous descent into madness, as well as The Nose, are modernist and absurd. The Carriage is a moralistic fable. The Overcoat is the sad tale of a lonely government clerk with a fantastical, ghost story like ending. The longest story, pretty much a short novel, is Taras Bulba, a bit of a medieval legend but in some ways the most realistic of the bunch. The writing stands up to the tests of time. You don't...more
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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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