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The Mantle and Other Stories   By: (1809-1852)

The Mantle and Other Stories by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

The Mantle and Other Stories by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol is a collection of short stories that showcases the author's unique storytelling and imaginative abilities. The book delves into various themes such as social injustice, human nature, and the absurdity of life, offering readers a glimpse into the intriguing and often dark world of Gogol's imagination.

One of the standout stories in this collection is "The Overcoat," which follows the life of Akaky Akakievich, a low-ranking government clerk. This tale beautifully captures the mundane and monotonous existence of Akaky, who finds solace in his job and a sense of purpose from his old and worn-out overcoat. Gogol brilliantly depicts the absurdity of bureaucracy and the dehumanizing effects it has on individuals like Akaky. Through his sharp wit and ironic tone, Gogol masterfully criticizes the indifference and cruelty of society.

Another captivating story is "The Nose." This peculiar and eccentric tale revolves around a barber named Ivan Yakovlevich who discovers a nose in his bread roll one morning. The nose, belonging to a government official, escapes and leads a life of its own, leaving Yakovlevich in a state of bewilderment. Gogol's ability to infuse absurdity and satire into this story is remarkable, creating a sense of disorientation and humor that keeps readers hooked until the very end.

One of the most thought-provoking stories in the collection is "The Portrait." This tale tells the story of a talented artist who is haunted by a portrait he painted years ago. As the artist becomes obsessed with his creation, the portrait seems to come to life, reflecting the darker aspects of his own soul. Gogol delves into the complexities of human nature and the power of art to reveal hidden truths about ourselves.

Throughout the book, Gogol's vivid descriptions and attention to detail transport readers to the settings of his stories, immersing them in the atmosphere of 19th-century Russia. His prose, though occasionally verbose, captures the essence of his characters and their surroundings, creating a rich and immersive reading experience.

While some readers may find Gogol's writing style challenging, those who appreciate dark humor, surrealism, and social commentary will thoroughly enjoy The Mantle and Other Stories. Gogol's ability to seamlessly blend realism and fantasy, and his astute observations of human behavior, make this collection a literary gem.

In conclusion, The Mantle and Other Stories by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol is a captivating collection that showcases the author's unparalleled storytelling prowess. Through his unique blend of absurdity, satire, and social critique, Gogol crafts a series of thought-provoking tales that delve into the complexities of human nature and society. Whether you are a fan of Russian literature or simply enjoy engaging and imaginative storytelling, this book is definitely worth a read.

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THE MANTLE AND OTHER STORIES

Printed in Great Britain

THE MANTLE AND OTHER STORIES

BY NICHOLAS GOGOL

AUTHOR OF "DEAD SOULS," "TARAS BULBA," ETC.

TRANSLATED BY CLAUD FIELD

AND WITH AN INTRODUCTION ON GOGOL BY PROSPER MERIM√ČE

New York: FREDERICK A. STOKES Co. London: T. WERNER LAURIE LIMITED

"Gogol, Nikolai Vassilievitch. Born in the government of Pultowa, March 31 (N.S.), 1809, died at Moscow, March 4 (N.S.), 1852. A Russian novelist and dramatist. He was educated in a public gymnasium at Pultowa, and subsequently in the lyceum, then newly established, at Niejinsk. In 1831 he was appointed teacher of history at the Patriotic Institution, a place which he exchanged in 1834 for the professorship of history in the University of St Petersburg. This he resigned at the end of a year and devoted himself entirely to literature. In 1836 Gogol left Russia. He lived most of the time in Rome. In 1837 he wrote 'Dead Souls... Continue reading book >>




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