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Nikolai Gogol

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Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol was born in 1809; his family were small gentry of Ukrainian cossack extraction, and his father was the author of a number of plays based on Ukrainian popular tales. He attended school in Nézhin and gained a reputation for his theatrical abilities. He went to St Petersburg in 1829 and with the help of a friend gained a post in one of the government ministries. Gogol was introduced to Zhukovsky, the romantic poet, and to Pushkin, and with the publication of Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka(1831) he had an entrée to all the leading literary salons. He even managed for a short period to be Professor of History at the University of St. Petersburg (1834-5).

Diary of a Madman and The Story of the Quarrel between Ivan Ivanovich and Ivan Nikiforovich appeared in 1934, The Nose in 1836, and The Overcoat in 1842. Gogol also wrote the play The Inspector (1836), Dead Souls (1842), and several moralizing essays defending the Tsarist regime, to the horror of his liberal and radical friends. He lived a great deal abroad, mostly in Rome, and in his last years became increasingly prey to religious mania and despair. He made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1848, but was bitterly disappointed in the lack of feeling that the journey kindled. He returned to Russia and fell under the influence of a spiritual director who told him to destroy his writings as they were sinful. He burned the second part of Dead Souls, and died in 1852 after subjecting himself to a severe regime of fasting.

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Russian Literature
The Complete Short Novels; The Brothers Karamazov; Crime and Punishment; Dead Souls; Collected Stories; Anna Karenina; The Sportsman's Notebook
Written by Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Alexander Pushkin and Leo Tolstoy


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 21, 2010
Price: $168.00

A collection of great and beloved works of Russian literature from classic novels to masterly stories, including translations by award winners Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, in beautiful, enduring hardcover editions with elegant cloth sewn bindings, gold stamped covers, and silk ribbon markers.

Titles included:
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Brothers Karamazov by... Read more >

The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: eBook, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 17, 2011
Price: $13.99

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The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1999
Price: $17.00

Using, or rather mimicking, traditional forms of storytelling Gogol created stories that are complete within themselves and only tangentially connected to a meaning or moral. His work belongs to the school of invention, where each twist and turn of the narrative is a surprise unfettered by obligation to an overarching theme.

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The Collected Tales

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Hardcover, 472 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $25.00

From the acclaimed translators of War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamazov, a brilliant translation of Nikolai Gogol’s short fiction.

Collected here are Gogol’s finest tales—stories that combine the wide-eyed, credulous imagination of the peasant with the sardonic social criticism of the city dweller—allowing readers to experience anew the... Read more >

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Dead Souls

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Hardcover, 488 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $23.00

Since its publication in 1842, Dead Souls has been celebrated as a supremely realistic portrait of provincial Russian life and as a splendidly exaggerated tale; as a paean to the Russian spirit and as a remorseless satire of imperial Russian venality, vulgarity, and pomp. As Gogol's wily antihero, Chichikov, combs the... Read more >
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Dead Souls
A Novel
Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 1997
Price: $16.00

Since its publication in 1842, Dead Souls has been celebrated as a supremely realistic portrait of provincial Russian life and as a splendidly exaggerated tale; as a paean to the Russian spirit and as a remorseless satire of imperial Russian venality, vulgarity, and pomp. As Gogol’s wily antihero, Chichikov, combs the... Read more >
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Dead Souls
A Novel
Written by Nikolai Gogol


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 22, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Taras Bulba

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Peter Constantine
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $13.00

This is the first new translation in forty years. Set sometime between the mid-sixteenth and early-seventeenth century, Taras Bulba is Gogol’s epic tale recounts both a bloody Cossack revolt against the Poles (led by the bold Taras Bulba of Ukrainian folk mythology) and the trials of Taras Bulba’s two sons.

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Taras Bulba

Written by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Peter Constantine
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 1, 2003
Price: $2.99

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