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The Overcoat and Other Short Stories by Nikolai Gogol
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May 14, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: classic, ghost-story, literature, russia, satire, gothic

Garcia-Marquez meets Kafka in Russia? In these very early short stories, Gogol creates strange and wonderful worlds. It's sad that there's only one widely read Gogol story, "The Overcoat." Not that "The Overcoat" isn't one of the greatest of short stories (Frank O'Connor: "We all came out from under Gogol's 'Overcoat'")...But the other stories in this collection are superb also. You'll laugh, you'll cry!...at Gogol's savage satire of bureaucratic bumbling in "The Nose" and of small-town small-mindedness in The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarrelled with Ivan Nikiforovich". The "mysterious dwarf" (as his classmates called Gogol) is my favorite Russian author, and one of my favorite short story writers.
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