The Complete Tales of Nikolai Gogol (Volume 2)
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The Complete Tales of Nikolai Gogol (Volume 2)

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Volume 2 of The Complete Tales includes Gogol's Mirgorod stories—among them that masterpiece of grotesque comedy, "The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich," the wonderfully satiric "Old World Landowners," and the Cossak epic "Taras Bulba." Here also is "The Nose," Gogol's final effort in the realm of the fantastic, as well as "The Coach," "The Portr...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published April 15th 1985 by University Of Chicago Press
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This collection of charming and sometimes gory stories was enjoyable. Though reading it leaves me with questions regarding Russian culture, it was easy enough to assimilate advances in plots and comprehend character evolution.

Reading Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake" made me curious about reading Gogol. Several times Lahiri mentioned "The Overcoat" and "The Nose." Since "The Overcoat" was the last story in the book, I read the other stories first to get a better feel for Gogol's work. "The Portrai...more
This is the Constance Garnett translation. Some readers are very fond of her work, however Nabokov had strong opinions about it.

Both volumes feature a mixture of the Ukrainian and Petersburg tales, but on the whole I'd recommended a shorter one volume selection rather than a complete collection like these two volumes.

Anyhow this volume contains the following.

Old World Landowners - remarkable for the substitution of food for sex in the relationship between husband and wife, food is consumed to th...more
Deceptive. The book, a collection of "tales," started in an overly descriptive, flowery style, but as I got into it, it felt beautifully written. Poetic. I thought I may have to read a War & Peace-like tome, but really enjoyed the first 2 stories. And then I realized that the tales were all interconnected. It was like reading a novel and each "tale" was really a chapter of the same story. The characters gave me a glimpse of the kerchief-wearing blond Ukrainian girl and the dark cossack in th...more
I take The Overcoat over Bartleby, the Scrivener.
I take Viy over Frankenstein.
I take The Portrait over your favorite Cortazar.
I take The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich
over The Real Housewives of Orange County.
I even like Taras Bulba.
Then there is The Nose.
And I take Old World Landowners over them all, in joy and tears.
Tejas Desai
For some reason the boring "Dead Souls" gets all the press, but I far prefer Gogol's tales of the countryside, the peasants and the Cossacks. "Old World Landowners" "Taras Bulba" "Viy" and many more in this book are the absolute best of Gogol, if extremely politically incorrect for our time (which is why I like it). An artist who documented his time and expanded his nation's literary horizons.
Two volumes complete short stories of Gogol for all those who enjoy Gogol
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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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