The Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
ISBN 9780451418562 | 256 pages | 05 Mar 2013 | Signet Classic | 6.49 x 4.29in | 18 - AND UP
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Some call him a Russian Mark Twain. And with his special blend of comedy, social commentary, and fantasy, Nikolai Gogol paved the way for his countrymen Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. This sampling of Gogol’s works includes the increasingly fantastic entries of “The Diary of a Madman,” followed by the wonderfully surrealistic “The Nose,” in which the title character embarks on some unlikely activities when separated from its owner’s face. In “The Carriage,” a pompous landowner gets his comeuppance when he attempts to impress a general. Rounding out the collection are the woefully comic tale of a clerk’s acquisition of “The Overcoat” and the celebrated novella “Taras Bulba” about the Ukrainian mythic hero said to have led a bloody Cossack revolt against the Poles.
Translated by Priscilla Meyer and Andrew R. McAndrew
With a New Introduction
and an Afterword by Priscilla Meyer