Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

by Nikolai Gogol
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Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol

Hailed by Nabokov as "the greatest artist that Russia has yet produced," Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) left his mark as a playwright, novelist, and writer of short stories. Gogol's works remain popular with both writers and readers, who prize his originality, imaginative gifts, and sheer exuberance.
This collection offers an excellent introduction to the author's works. Opening a door to his bizarre world of broad comedy, fantasy, and social commentary, the title story portrays a petty official's mental disintegration as he struggles for the attention of the woman he loves. Set during the repressive rule of Nicholas I, it satirizes the bureaucratic excesses of the era. Additional tales include "The Nevski Prospect," a portrayal of the feverish pace of St. Petersburg street life, and "The Portrait," a gripping depiction of a soul's perdition.

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ISBN-13: 9780486112916
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 02/13/2012
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 711,928
File size: 520 KB

About the Author

The son of a small landowner, Nikolai Gogol (1809–52) was educated at the Niezhin gymnasium, where he started a magazine and acted in student theatricals. In 1828, he went to St. Petersburg, obtained a government clerkship, and devoted himself to writing. In 1831–32, he published two volumes of Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, a collection of stories based on Ukrainian folklore that was enthusiastically received. He next planned to write a history of Russia in the Middle Ages. The work never materialized, but the planning of it served to win him a chair of history at the University of St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, he published “Taras Bulba” and a number of short stories, including “The Overcoat.” On April 19, 1836, his famous comedy The Inspector General was produced. The play stirred up controversy and critics hailed its author as the head of the Naturalist school. Gogol spent the next twelve years abroad, living mainly in Rome. During his voluntary exile, he completed Dead Souls, a panorama of Russian life. Published in 1842, the book was an immediate success. The next ten years Gogol spent writing and rewriting a sequel that was never to see publication.

Andrew R. MacAndrew is the translator of numerous books, including Notes from Underground and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Gogol’s The Inspector General, and Selected Letters of Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Priscilla Meyer is Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Wesleyan University, She published the first monograph on Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire, Find What the Sailor Has Hidden, and edited Andrei Bitov’s collected stories, Life in Windy Weather. She is coeditor of collections on Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Nabokov. Her most recent book is How the Russians Read the French: Lermontov, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy.

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The Diary of a Madman and Other Stories 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The DIARY OF A MAD MAN is an insightful story by Gogol that is full of humor, sadness, tragedy and hope. The literary style is first class and fully exposes the inner turmoil of a man with a conflict in his soul. HOUSE OF THE DEAD, UNION MOUJIK, POOR FOLKS, explore that depth of human suffering that leads to depravity for individuals or groups of people.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a really good book