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Taras Bulba (Annotated with Biography)
     

Taras Bulba (Annotated with Biography)

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by Nikolai Gogol, D.J. Hogarth
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012872579
Publisher:
Golgotha Press
Publication date:
06/22/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
160 KB

Meet the Author

Novelist, dramatist, and satirist Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) was a Russian writer of Ukrainian ancestry whose works deeply influenced later Russian literature through powerful depictions of a society dominated by petty bureaucracy and base corruption. Gogol’s best-known short stories — "The Nose" and "The Overcoat" — display strains of Surrealism and the grotesque, while his greatest novel, Dead Souls, is one of the founding books of Russian realism.

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Taras Bulba 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Capt-Nemo More than 1 year ago
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.
MarinaV More than 1 year ago
I have read the book many years ago in the original language. I love all Gogol's stories. The choice for the cover was bad, as it does not represent the characters in the story. The pictured horsemen are Don's river cossacks, not Ukrainian ones. The two types of cossacks are critically different: nationality, location, time frame, place in the history of Russian Empire. The story of Bulba and his sons is one of the pearls of Russian literature. It was written in Russian, not Ukrainian language. Gogol was considered one of the greatest Russian writers of his time, and I would say, all times. The English translation is good, but is still too far from the original. The flavor of Gogol's language is difficult to translate! Even so, the book is worse reading, as one of the best examples of classical Russian literature.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.