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Cloak (Version 2)

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Cloak (Version 2) by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol is a captivating and thought-provoking novella that explores themes of identity, social class, and the power of material possessions. The story follows the life of a lowly government clerk named Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin, who is mocked and mistreated by his coworkers due to his poverty and lack of social standing.

Gogol expertly portrays the struggles of Akaky as he is constantly belittled and ignored by those around him. The author skillfully builds a sense of empathy for the protagonist, making the reader root for him to finally stand up for himself and assert his worth in society.

The narrative takes a dark turn when Akaky's prized possession, his cloak, is stolen, sending him into a downward spiral of despair and madness. Gogol masterfully conveys Akaky's descent into madness, highlighting the destructive nature of societal pressures and materialistic desires.

Overall, Cloak (Version 2) is a compelling and poignant read that resonates with readers long after they have finished the last page. Gogol's vivid prose and astute social commentary make this novella a timeless classic that continues to be relevant in today's society.

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The Cloak or the Overcoat as in some translations, is a story by Ukrainian-born Russian author Nikolai Gogol, published in 1842. The story and its author have had great influence on Russian literature, as expressed in a quote attributed to Fyodor Dostoyevsky: "We all come out from Gogol's 'Overcoat'." It is pointed to as the start of the realistic style of writing. Summary by phil c

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