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Петербургские повести by Nikolai Gogol
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Nov 13, 11

bookshelves: 2011, classics, lit-russia-su, own-russian, short-fiction
Read from November 06 to 13, 2011

So my dislike for Gogol was not just a youthful ignorance - I do indeed not like his work. I'm always tempted to compare with Chekhov, my all time favourite when it comes to Russian classics, and Gogol's stories lose in every possible regard: less funny, less touching, less exact, less special. It might not be a fair comparison, given how Chekhov came so much later, but still: Gogol's stories are neither funny nor really tragic, but leave me somehow terribly indifferent. And what is worse than this?
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message 1: by Maria (new)

Maria I guess Gogol's satire tends to fade as it loses its social relevance. Have you read Вий? It's his only work I can actually claim to enjoy.


message 2: by pax (new) - rated it 1 star

pax I'm not sure that it is about losing social relevance; I usually have no problem with even older / more outdated classics. It's more about me not being able to handle his style.

I've not read Вий yet - there is still "Dead Souls" waiting on my shelf. But not now ;)


message 3: by Maria (new)

Maria pax wrote: "I'm not sure that it is about losing social relevance; I usually have no problem with even older / more outdated classics. It's more about me not being able to handle his style.

I've not read Вий ..."


No, don't! You'll die of boredom. And I'm not talking of a peaceful, painless death here.


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