Taras Bulba (Annotated with Biography) [NOOK Book]

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Taras Bulba is Gogol's longest short story. The work is non-fictional in nature with characters that are not exaggerated or grotesque as was common in Gogol's later work, though his characterizations of Cossacks are said by some scholars to be a bit exaggerated. This story can be understood in the context of the romantic nationalism movement in literature, which developed around a historical ethnic culture which meets the romantic ideal.
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Taras Bulba (Annotated with Biography)

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Overview

Taras Bulba is Gogol's longest short story. The work is non-fictional in nature with characters that are not exaggerated or grotesque as was common in Gogol's later work, though his characterizations of Cossacks are said by some scholars to be a bit exaggerated. This story can be understood in the context of the romantic nationalism movement in literature, which developed around a historical ethnic culture which meets the romantic ideal.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012872579
  • Publisher: Golgotha Press
  • Publication date: 6/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,088,013
  • File size: 157 KB

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    Racism, War, Blood and Women's Breasts

    The free copy I got was of an addition issued by the Union of Soviet Socalists Republics for international distribution. I was familar with the story from an old Yul Bryner and Tony Curtis film, but the book is so much better. You have a real look at the period of time when the Cossaks and the Poles fought over Russia. What surprised me was all the references to the Russian Church and that the USSR let this still be published. I also got an experience with the racism of the time towards Jews, but it is the story of the loyality of Taras Bulba to his commrades that makes the tale resound. I recommend this work for anyone wanting ride with the old thundering hordes that ravished and raped Europe in the name of God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2005

    Taras Bulba

    TARAS BULBA provides a vivid portrayal of the Cossacks and their way of life before the modern times than any other novel we can think of. Centered on the Zaphorizhian Cossacks of Eastern Ukraine, the story deals with a father who in a bid to initiate his sons into the Cossack military way of life abandons his semi-retirement and rouses the passions of his people to confront the Polish overlords who were subjugating them. Fast flowing, deep and expressive without wasting time on sublimities Gogol took us into a journey of Cossack wars that introduces us to their values, way of life, and colorful traditions. Unfortunately, Taras Bulba's warpath causes the loss of his favorite son who chose to rescue the Polish woman she loved, whose city was under siege by the troops his father was leading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2005

    Taras Bulba

    TARAS BULBA provides a vivid portrayal of the Cossacks and their way of life before the modern times than any other novel we can think of. Centered on the Zaphorizhian Cossacks of Eastern Ukraine, the story deals with a father who in a bid to initiate his sons into the Cossack military way of life abandons his semi-retirement and rouses the passions of his people to confront the Polish overlords who were subjugating them. Fast flowing, deep and expressive without wasting time on sublimities Gogol took us into a journey of Cossack wars that introduces us to their values, way of life, and colorful traditions. Unfortunately, Taras Bulba¿s warpath causes the loss of his favorite son who chose to rescue the Polish woman she loved, whose city was under siege by the troops his father was leading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2005

    Gogol's gold

    One of Gogol's lesser known masterpieces. Written partly from Gogol's (having grown-up in the Ukraine) observances of the Cosacks, and from historical record. Beautifully detailed and developed characters. A historically based work that focuses on the fanatical beliefs of the Cosacks as they engage in wars, regardless of defeat, against Catholic Poland and the Muslim Tartars to defend their religion and Russia's Southern border. In other words, their duty to God and country to try to maintain their way of life. Recommended. It provides a lot of insight into the centuries old conflict between Russia and Chechnya that continues today.

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