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Taras Bulba describes the life of an old Zaporozhian Cossack, Taras Bulba, and his two sons, Andriy and Ostap. The sons study at the Kiev Academy and then return home, whereupon the three men set out on a journey to Zaporizhian Sich located in Southern Ukraine, where they join other Cossacks and go to war against Poland.

Paperback, Album Cerita Ternama Koleksi Ketiga #1, 32 pages
Published 1977 by PT Gramedia (first published 1835)
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Slobodan
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
Keely
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
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Vladislav
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)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClGKza... (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
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sidana

Milliyetçiliğin ve dinin nasıl insanlar tarafından kullanılarak barbarlık ve bağnazlıklara yol açtığının güzel bir hikayesidir.Tabii, aynı zaman da aşkın gücü ve hertürlü fikirden üstünlüğü ve ana yüreğinin sıcaklığı...
Taras Bulba; büyüdüğü hayat şartlarında ki geleneklere, dinine, vatanına, halkına olan bağlılığı ve sarsılmaz inancı ile okuldan yeni dönmüş iki çocuğunu aynı günü diğer günü beraberinde savaşmak için yola çıkarıyor. Gelenekleri için her yol mubah anlayışı ile hareket etmesi ve bu
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Courtney
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
Aaron
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
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Hol
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
Heba TariQ
مع قراءتي لها كانت تذكرني برائعة "الحرية أو الموت" لنيكوس كزنتزاكيس :))
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
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Ricardo
O pano de fundo desta obra é semelhante ao d'Os Cossacos, de Tolstoi. À conhecida independência dos povos da região europeia hoje compreendida ao Estado Ucraniano, entre o Dniepre e o Don, Gogol junta traços de nacionalismo, anti-semitismo e pan-eslavismo (e russofilia) exacerbados, que devem ser julgados, neste caso, somente sob o aspecto literário e histórico. Estamos, parece-me, algures entre o século XVII e XVIII (altura em que a Polónia era um reino independente e vasto), sendo que a obra p ...more
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.
Heli
Olen jostain syystä mieltynyt kasakoista kertoviin romaaneihin. Leo Tolstoin Kasakat on yksi vanhoja suosikkikirjojani. Taras Bulbassa on samaa pitelemätöntä kiihkeyttä. Kasakat karauttelevat pitkin aroja, käyvät raakaa sotaa ja tekevät huimia urotöitä, miehiä kun ovat. Mutta on kasakoissa erojakin. Tolstoi painottaa aron lasten sielunelämää ja luontosuhdetta, kun taas Gogol keskittyy tekojen ja sosiaalisten suhteitten yksityiskohtaiseen kuvaukseen.

Kasakkapäällikkö Taras Bulballa on kaksi poika
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Геллее Авбакар
Disclosure:
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
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Rebecka
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
Andy
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
Raisu
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
Sophie
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.
Steblekiv
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
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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!
Alyssa
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
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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.
Eleanor
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.
Stefan
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.
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
আমি আসলে ধরমযুদধের পয়েনটটা ঠিক মত ধরতে পারি না। কাহিনীর এতবছর পরে এসে বইটা পড়াতে এবং রাশিয়ান হিসটরি সমপরকে আমার ধারণা ঝাপসা হওয়াতে এই বইয়ের পয়েনট ধরতে আমার বেশ খানিকটা বেগ পেতে হয়েছে। লেখক তেমন একটা সাহাযয করেননি ভবিষযতের পাঠকদের বইয়ের পয়েনটটি ধরিয়ে দিতে। বেশ কিছু সারচিং এর সাহাযয নিতে হয়েছে। যদিও সারচিং এর দরকার তেমনটা ছিল না, বইটার ভুমিকা পড়লেই বেশ চলতো। কিনতু বিশবসাহিতয কেনদরের বেশিরভাগ বইয়ের ভুমিকাতে সপয়লার থাকায় এখন আর বইয়ের আগে ভুমিকা পড়ার সাহস করি না এবং এটাতেও সপয়লার ছিল। গুরুতবপূরন একটা ...more
Jake Danishevsky
I recall some of the events. I get the book, but for one, being forced to read it in the school in Ukraine and second, growing up in the very anti Semitic environment as a young Jewish kid, this book didn't make me feel warm and fuzzy at all. I got the "historic" point and "importance" of soviet schools teaching this to the kids, but the mere fact that even a brainwashed children could see it is a bore, rather than something of interest, should stand for something. Maybe I would have a different ...more
Alp Turgut
Nikolay Gogol'un kısa öyküleri toplamının üçüncü ve son halkasını oluşturan "Taras Bulba ve Mirgorod Öyküleri", ünlü yazarın Rus romantik akımına geçişini simgeleyen hikayelerini okuyucuya sunarak yazarın kalemine bir kere daha hayran kalmanızı sağlıyor. Özellikle kitaba adını veren siyasi içeriği zengin "Taras Bulba", Puşkin'in "Yüzbaşının Kızı"nı andıran hikaye örgüsüyle Gogol'un belki de en olgun eseri olarak öne çıkmakta. " İvan İvanoviç ile İvan Nikiforoviç'in Nasıl Tartıştıklarının Öyküsü" ...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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