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But the message of the tales and the bitter truth conveyed in them go far beyond the limits of any one epoch, assuming ever new poignancy and actuality.
"The sole object of my literary work," wrote Saltykov-Shchedrin, "was unfailingly to protest against greed, hypocrisy, falsehood, theft, treachery, stupidity..."
The Tales, which he wrote during the last years of his life (1826-89), epitomize the entire work of the great satirist who did so much for the cause of revolutionary thought in Russia.
|How One Plain Peasant Fed Two High Officials||9|
|The Wild Gentleman||20|
|The Sapient Minnow||30|
|The Selfless Rabbit||38|
|The Virtues and the Vices||46|
|Bears in Government||56|
|The Deceitful Newsmonger and the Credulous Reader||70|
|The Eagle--Patron of Arts||75|
|The Idealistic Crucian||86|
|The Siskin's Calamity||100|
|The Two Neighbours||120|
|The Rational Rabbit||129|
|The Old Nag||146|
|The Mighty Bogatyr||163|
|The Crow That Went in Search of Truth||167|
|Kramolnikov's Misfortune (Half-Fairy-Tale, Half-Elegy)||179|
|A Tale of the Zealous Governor Whose Industry Caused His Superiors Concern||191|