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Hailed by Nabokov as "the greatest artist that Russia has yet produced," Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) left his mark as a playwright, novelist, and writer of short stories. Gogol's works remain popular with both writers and readers, who prize his originality, imaginative gifts, and sheer exuberance.
This collection offers an excellent introduction to the author's works. Opening
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Paperback, 84 pages
Published December 29th 2006 by Dover Publications (first published 1835)
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Amir
Jul 31, 2016 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
نیکولای گوگول یه داستان کوتاه معرکه داره به اسم بلوار نیفسکی. یه تراژدی جمع و جور با دو تا خط داستانی که یکیشون جان هست، نفس هست... قصهی یه هنرمند نقاش که یه روز تو خیابون گلوش پیش یه دختر خواستنی گیر میکنه و میافته دنبالش تا آخر سر کاشف به عمل بیاد که دختره تو نجیبخونه کار میکنه. طرفه این که گویا گوگول با رندی تمام و درست عکس داستایفسکی، توی چنبرهی فاحشهی معصوم نیافتاده؛ طبیعتا نتیجه این میشه که دلرحمیهای پیسکاریوف گوگول از زانو زدنهای راسکولنیکف داستایفسکی بیشتر به دل میشینه.

دو سه داستان آخری
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Helen Stavraki
Nov 17, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Το πιο διασκεδαστικό για μένα ήταν όταν έβαλα μπρος μου έγγραφα να υπογράψω. Οι κύριοι νόμιζαν ότι θα βάλω στην άκρη του χαρτιού "γραφεύς τάδε". Αμ! Δε σφάξανε! Στο κύριο μέρος του εγγράφου που βάζει τη τζίφρα του ο διευθυντής τράβηξα ένα "Φερδινάνδος ο Α'". Άξιζε να βλέπει κανείς τη νεκρική σιωπή που επικράτησε. Αλλά εγώ μόνον έκανα νεύμα με το χέρι, λέγοντας: "Δε θέλω εκδηλώσεις υποταγής" και έφυγα."

Ο Αυξέντιος Ιβάνοβιτς Ποπρίσσιν ειναι ένα θλιμμένο,τρυφερό κα αξιαγάπητο ανθρωπάκι που σπαράζε
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Duane
Mental illness is no laughing matter, but Gogol's use of humor is intentional in this well known short story, and it's hard ñot to chuckle at his story about the dog's conversation. For a more serious depiction of someones decent in to mental illness I recommend The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Sean Wilson
When you look back to the Golden Era of Russian Literature, Nikolai Gogol is like the odd man out. You have the romanticism of Pushkin, the philosophical depth found in Dostoyevsky, complex examinations of Russian society in Tolstoy, the realist style of Turgenev and then you have the satirical and farcical works of Gogol. It’s funny because Gogol’s stories fit ever so comfortably amongst the twentieth century Russian literature, where satirical stories were rampant due to Soviet censors.

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Записки сумасшедшего = Notes of a Madman and other stories, Nikolai Gogol
عنوان: یادداشت های یک دیوانه و هفت قصه دیگر؛ نویسنده: نیکلای واسیلوویچ گوگول؛ مترجم: خشایار دیهیمی؛ تهران، نشر نس، 1381؛ در 304 ص؛ شابک: 9643125971؛ چتپ دوم 1381؛ چاپ ششم 1385؛ چاپ هشتم 1388؛ چاپ دوازدهم 1392؛ شابک: 9789643125974؛ موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه از نویسندگان روسی قرن 19 م
داستانها از متن انگلیسی ترجمه شده
داستانها : یادداشت های یک دیوانه؛ بلوار نیفسکی؛ دماغ؛ شنل؛ کالسکه؛ ماجرای نزاع ایوان ایوانوویچ و ایوان نیکیفورووی
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Prashant
Apr 18, 2012 Prashant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
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
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Emma Sea
Jul 17, 2015 Emma Sea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I liked Gogol's writing, I couldn't grasp hold of the absurdist aspects of the stories. They irritated me, which is not really what I was looking for in my reading experience. I definitely prefer 19th century French realism over Russian, from my experience so far. So . . . interesting, probably worthwhile just to have read them, but would not rec, would not read again.
Μαρία Γεωργιάδου
Το διήγημα Το παλτό που κυκλοφόρησε για πρώτη φορά το 1842 αφηγείται την ιστορία του φτωχού γραφιά Ακάκιου Ακακίεβιτς Μπασμάτσκιν (ή Τσαρουχόφ –όπως έχει μεταφραστεί στην έκδοση του Πατάκη-) που καταφέρνει έπειτα από αιματηρές οικονομίες και στερήσεις να αποκτήσει ένα ολοκαίνουργιο παλτό. Το παλτό αυτό του προσφέρει όχι μόνο προστασία από το κρύο της Αγίας Πετρούπολης αλλά και τον μετατρέπει από μία εσωστρεφή και χωρίς προσδοκίες κοινωνικής ανέλιξης -πλην όμως λειτουργική- μη-οντότητα σε ένα πρό ...more
Vit Babenco
Jul 30, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing
“To-day is a day of the greatest rejoicing. Spain has a King. He has been discovered. I am that King. It was only to-day I found it out. The revelation came to me like a flash of lightning.”
For a madman the world is what is in his head… And Nikolai Gogol puts into the head of his madman many ridiculous things that will delight any reader.
“But men are unfair, with this way of reckoning in weeks. The Jews invented it because it’s their Rabbi’s washing time… And all those fathers, holders of office
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Jim Ef
Feb 27, 2016 Jim Ef rated it it was amazing
Αυτή η κριτική είναι μόνο για "Το Ημερολόγιο ενός τρελού"

Διάβασα "Το Ημερολόγιο ενός τρελού" αμέσως μετά από "Το παλτό" και με εξέπληξε το πόσο διαφορετικά αλλά εξίσου ωραία μπορεί να γράψει ο Γκόγκολ. Εδώ ενώ η ιστορία είναι τραγική η γραφή είναι κωμική. Για ακόμη μια φορά αποτυπώνονται εξαιρετικά οι σκέψεις ενός ανθρώπου, και αν κανονικά είναι δύσκολο να γίνει κάτι τέτοιο, στην συγκεκριμένη περίπτωση είναι ακόμη δυσκολότερο μιας και πρόκειται για τις σκέψεις ενός τρελού.

Σημαντικό επίσης το γεγ
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Maria
Dec 18, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Επιτέλους κατάφερα να το διαβάσω. Πρόκειται για ένα έργο το οποίο έχω δει αρκετές φορές στο θέατρο, είτε από ερασιτεχνικό θίασο, είτε από επαγγελματικό. Όσο καλά όμως κι αν ξέρεις μια ιστορία η μαγεία του να τη διαβάζεις από το βιβλίο, να βλέπεις πως έχει τοποθετήσει ο δημιουργός τις λέξεις στο χαρτί, δε συγκρίνεται με τίποτα.

Το συγκεκριμένο έργο όχι μόνο είναι διαχρονικό -αφάνταστα επίκαιρο στην εποχή μας- προσωπικά μου θυμίζει τον Μερσώ. Όχι γιατί η γραφή του Gogol μοιάζει με αυτή του Camus,
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Sahar
Sep 20, 2016 Sahar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سبک نگارش گوگول بسیار ساده و به دور از تکلف بی جاست، فضاسازی ها و پرداختن به حاشیه ها صرفا در حد نیاز برای کمک به خواننده در تصور فضای داستان است، نه بیشتر و نه کمتر. ترجمه ی کتاب نیز، ترجمه ی روان و دلنشینی ست. اما در مورد خود داستان "یادداشت های یک دیوانه" باید گفت که در عین کوتاه بودن تصویری جالب و واقع گرایانه از زندگی و توهم زندگی خیل کثیری از مردم دنیا را به نمایش میگذارد، تصویری که مثل همیشه محور اصلی مشکلات را در فقر و نداری میداند.
Magdalen
Sep 15, 2016 Magdalen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5 *

"Κι έκρυβε το πρόσωπό του στα χέρια του ο φτωχός νέος και πολλές φορές στη ζωή του ανατρίχιασε βλέποντας πόση απανθρωπιά υπάρχει στον κόσμο, πόση θηριώδης χοντροκοπιά κρύβεται στην εκλεπτυσμένη και μορφωμένη κοσμική κοσμικότητα ακόμα και -Θεέ μου- στους ανθρώπους που όλοι θεωρούν ευγενείς και τίμιους"

Τόσο μικρό, αλλά τόσο σπουδαίο.

Ο Ακάκιος Ακακίεβιτς ένας απλός γραφιάς που δεν δημιουργεί προβλήματα, απλώς θέλει ένα καινούργιο παλτό το οποίο θα τον προστατεύει από το κρύο, ενώ ταυτόχ

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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
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Zohre Alavi
Sep 06, 2016 Zohre Alavi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
از هشت داستان، شش داستان خواندم و متاسفانه فرصت نميشود دو داستان پاياني را بخوانم اما همين قدر از اين شش داستان بگويم كه عالي بودند. يعني اگر همه ي نويسنده هاي داستان هاي كوتاه، همينقدر عالي باشند من يكي كه قيد رمان را كلا مي زنم و فقط و فقط داستان كوتاه مي خوانم. اما مي دانم كه اين طور نيست و نخواهد شد.
NAMIK SOMEL
Gogol'un ünlü eseri Bir Delinin Hatıra Defterinden uyarlanan tiyatro eserini Genco Erkal tam 50 yıl önce Ankara Sanat Tiyatrosunda oynamış! Ülkemizde sahnelen ilk tek kişilik oyun özelliğini taşıyan eser 50. yılı nedeniyle yeniden sahneleniyor. Biz de Kitap Ağacı Trabzon olarak birlikte izleyeceğiz.
Elimdeki basım 1968 yılına ait. Varlık Yayınlarından basılmış. Kütüphanemin değerli kitaplarından. Oyun öncesi yeniden okuyorum. Ve bir kez daha Gogol'a hayran oldum.

Bir şizofrenin gözünden hayata b
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EvilNick
Aug 26, 2008 EvilNick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-fiction
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...
Nesli
Feb 12, 2016 Nesli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bir Delinin Hatıra Defteri, Palto ve Burun öyküleri var kitapta. Ortak bir temaları da var bence öykülerin, devlet dairesinde fantezi.... bana uygun geldi.
Özellikle Palto öyküsü sözü edildiği kadar varmış mesela. beklentiyle okudum ve kitabı begendim.
Κατερίνα Μαλακατέ
Μια από τις ελάχιστες ευτυχίες της εφηβείας μου ήταν η μεγάλη δανειστική βιβλιοθήκη του σχολείου. Διάβασα εκεί έναν μεγάλο όγκο βιβλίων, κανονικό μοτεράκι. Νομίζω πως τελείωσα τους Ρώσους κλασικούς κάπου στην πρώτη Λυκείου, κι όταν λέω τελείωσα, το εννοώ, τερμάτισα όλα τα σχετικά ράφια, δεν έμεινε τίποτα εκεί αδιάβαστο. Αυτό έχει δυο καλά κι ένα κακό. Το βασικό καλό είναι οι βάσεις, η αίσθηση της λογοτεχνίας, το υπόβαθρο που μένει. Το δεύτερο καλό είναι πως σε γενικές γραμμές θυμάμαι λίγα ...more
Ümit
Apr 02, 2015 Ümit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gogol komik adam vallahi. Öykü anlatımına ironiyi yerleştiren de adamlardan birisi olduğu için ayrıca değerli. Öte yandan bu kitapta Palto, Burun ve Portre gibi en güzel ironi ve taşlama örnekleri de yer alıyor -ve tabii Bir Delinin Anı Defteri. Özellikle Portre, sanatçı-sanat eseri-izleyici üçgenindeki bıçak sırtı ilişkiyi çok güzel yansıtıyor; Hamsun'un Açlık'ı, Wilde'ın Dorian Gray'i gibi.

Dostoyevski de demiş zaten: Hepimiz Gogol'ün paltosundan çıktık!
Troy
Feb 18, 2014 Troy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
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
Hazal Çamur
Sep 09, 2016 Hazal Çamur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edebiyatta aşık olduğum şey olan sembolizmi en iyi icra eden kitaplardan biri bu. Deliler gibi seviyorum bu kitabı ve Gogol'u. Sizi güldürürken bu absürt öykülerde illa ki üzerinde düşünmeye de teşvik ediyor. Altından sembollerle bezeli pek çok, güncelliğini asla yitirmeyen eleştiriler çıkıyor.

Çok iyi, çok. Tekrar tekrar okunup, tekrar tekrar düşünülesi.
Anastasia Ts.
Nov 07, 2015 Anastasia Ts. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: men-writers
ο Γκόγκολ έχει χαρακτηριστεί ως πρωτοπορος του ρεαλιστικού μυθιστορήματος, κι ο χαρακτηρισμός επιβεβαιώνεται στις 50 σελίδες του ημετολογιου. Οι κοινωνικές διακρίσεις κ ειδικότερα οι στερεότυπες αντιλήψεις της τότε εποχής καθρεφτίζονται στο έργο του. Αυτό ωστόσο που εδραιώνει το "ημερολόγιο ενος τρελού" είναι η διαχρονικότητα των μηνυμάτων κ η επιβεβαίωση τους στο χρόνο.
Somayye
ساده، معمولی و بدون هیچ پیچیدگی
داستان های کوتاه و واقع گرایانه و با کمی چاشنی طنز البته از نوع تلخش
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Eng.R.books
Apr 01, 2016 Eng.R.books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هو الجنون بحد ذاته .. والقصص الأخرى بما حوته من حكايا الشياطين والسحرة .. أكثر جنونا ..
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Greer
Aug 04, 2011 Greer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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
Emina
Jan 01, 2016 Emina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yılın son gününde kitabı bitirip 2015 challenge ına bir kitap daha eklemeye gayret ettim (malesef hedeflediğim kitap sayısına ulasamadim).

Aslında 5 yıldız verdiğim başka kitapları düşününce bu kitaba 4 yıldız vermem haksızlık gibi görünebilir ama bunun sebebi benim Rus edebiyatından fazlasını beklememle ilgili. Anna Karenina ve Oblomov en sevdiğim kitaplar; Dostoyevski, Tolstoy, Turgenyev, Pushkin ve Cehov hayranı olduğum yazarlar. Durum böyle olunca da Rus edebiyatı ile ilgili beklentim çok yük
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Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
Table of Ranks


--Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and his Aunt
--How Ivan Ivanovich Quarrelled with Ivan Nikiforovich
--Nevsky Prospekt
--The Nose
--The Overcoat
--Diary of a Madman
--The Carriage
--The Government Inspector

Publishing History and Notes

Angeliki
Ένα σύντομο διήγημα που διαβάζεται γρήγορα και ευχάριστα. Η καθημερινότητα ενός γραφιά, τα πρώτα δείγματα τρέλας και η ένταξη του σε ψυχιατρικό ίδρυμα από την σκοπιά του ίδιου διαταραγμένου προσώπου.

Θα μπορούσε να ήταν πολύ καλύτερο και να δώσει περισσότερα ερεθίσματα για σκέψη αν ήταν μεγαλύτερο σε έκταση και πιο αναλυτικό στην περιγραφή των επεισοδίων.
Valancourt Books
May 12, 2014 Valancourt Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
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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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