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The Mantle and Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

Prosper Mérimée , Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol , Claud Field
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

About the Author

Gogol turned to writing full-time when his position as assistant lecturer in World History at the University of St. Petersburg (1834-1835) failed. It was at this time that he published his collection of short stories Mirgorod (1835), containing the Sir Walter Scott influenced Taras Bulba, Old World Landowners, the comical satire The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovic Quarrelled with Ivan Nikiforovic and Viy. Gogol worked on St. Petersburg Stories (1835-1841) next. The Nose, a masterful comic short story (1835) was later turned into an opera. Release of Diary of a Madman (1835) and The Overcoat set in St. Petersburg and deemed one of the greatest short stories ever written, was overshadowed by his The Inspector General (1836), a satire of sweeping indictment about provincial officials and turned into a stage production. It caused much controversy whereupon Gogol fled to Rome where apart from a few brief visits he stayed for twelve years. Dead Souls was published in 1842, a satirisation of serfdom, seen by many as the first `modern' Russian novel and a call for reform and freedom for serfs, much to Gogol’s chagrin. In response, a few years before he returned to Russia his Selected Passages from Correspondence with Friends (1847), illustrating his high regard for the autocratic tsarist regime and patriarchal Russian way of life caused disappointment among the radicals who were looking for more of Gogol's social criticism. To him slavery was justified in the bible and need not be abolished. "It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry." (Gogol, 1836) It was not well received and political factions in Russia responded angrily. Gogol had a gift for caricature and imaginative invention, influencing many other upcoming writers including Dostoevsky, but was often misunderstood. He was a deeply sensitive man, tormented throughout his life with moral and religious issues. As he got older, the criticism of his writing from his peers increasingly drained his spirit. Turning to religion, Gogol made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1848. Upon return, greatly depressed and under the influence of the religious fanatical priest, Father Konstantinovskii, Gogol subjected himself to a fatal course of fasting and died on the 4th of March, 1852, at the age of forty-two. He lies buried in the Novo Devichy Cemetery in Moscow, Russia.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Usually titled "The Overcoat" December 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a collection of short stories by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. The usual title of the main story is "The Overcoat." Dostoyevsky is quoted as saying: "We all came out of Gogol's overcoat" by way of indicating the profound influence this story had on his fellow Russian writers.

This version also includes the stories:

The Nose
Memoirs of a Madman
A May Night
The Viy (a supernatural creature in Russian folklore)
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