Classic Russian Short Stories, Vol. 1
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Classic Russian Short Stories, Vol. 1

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The shot / Alexander Pushkin --
The overcoat / Nikolai Gogol --
The tryst / Ivan Turganev --
The wedding / Fyodor Dostoyevsky --
A prisoner in the Caucasus / Leo Tolstoy --
An upheaval / Anton Chekhov.
Responsibility: performed by Charlton Griffin with music and sound effects.
3 sound cassettes (4 hr., 33 min.) : analog
Audio Cassette, 3 pages
Published January 15th 2002 by [Atlanta, Ga.] : Audio Connoisseur (first published 1987)
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Clif Hostetler
This book is a painless introduction to six famous Russian authors through their short stories. I previously thought Russian authors only wrote very long novels. This is a thoroughly entertaining collection of short stories that requires minimal investment of time. The following is a summary of the stories contained in the book.

THE SHOT by Alexander Pushkin - Completion of a duel is postponed so that it may be continued at a more propitious time.
THE OVERCOAT by Nikolai Gogol - The hilarious (bu...more
A fantastic read for the converted, but also a really useful sideways introduction to modern-day(ish) Russian parables.

Gogol's irreverent, nonsensical humour is perhaps less biting in the short story that opens this collection than it is in Dead Souls. This isn't to say How The Two Ivans Quarrelled is any less worth your time, in fact - unlike Dead Souls - you are actually provided with an end to the tale! Attacking middle class Russia and their faux-French polite society, as well as playful sa...more
For an avid reader few things are better than approaching an book from an author that you've never read before, having no expectations whatsoever, and being completely blown away by it.

I must say this lovely little collection of short stories made it an absolute pleasure traveling to and from work today. I think I even chuckled a couple of times - something that never, ever happens to me anymore since I've gotten more bitter and twisted as the years have gone by.

While there weren't any stinkers...more
Mohamed Elkholy
مسرحية رائعة ، مبهرة..نموذج يحتذى بيه فى الكتابة الساخرة ، لتانى مرة نيكولاى جوجول يبهرنى بعد المعطف
I have read only fifty pages of Gogol in Russian, enough to know how hilarious he is, and to regret his conversion and attempt to destroy this great book.
"Sobakavich" alone rewards the reader with the Russian patronymic, "Son of" applied to "Sobaka," a bitch. Yet Sobakavich is the most genial of men, who refuses to sell even those of his employ who have died. His sentimentality is a triumph over materialism. Lovely stuff. Viva Gogol!
I can describe these novels as novels of portraits. Although some characters are illustrated in grotesque way, they are quite real when you look around yourself.

Recommended book.
Rima Singh
I could easily give 'How the two Ivans quarrelled' 5 stars but the other stories dont make it to that level.This story was a nice comedy with an equally sad end.
Aisha AlEssa
لا أستطيع القول انني ندمت لقراءة الكتاب، لكن أستطيع القول انه ممل جداً لدرجة النعاس ..
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