Taras Bulba

Taras Bulba

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Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol (1809-1852) wrote his epic Taras Bulba over a period, broken by intervals, of more than nine years: from 1833 to 1842. The Ukrainian people's struggle for their independence, waged throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, stirred and inspired Gogol, a great patriot of his country. The profound ideological message of the tale, its thrilling and truthful characters, Gogol's colorful portrayal of the people's life, have immortalized Gogol's epic. "Taras Bulba is an excerpt, an episode from the epic life of the whole people of the Ukraine in the 16th century . . . Do we not see here Cossackdom in its entirely, with its strange civilization, its gallant and riotous life, its insouciance and indolence, its indefatigability and activeness? Tell me what is missing in this picture, what is needed to make it complete! Is it not all snatched up from the very bottom of life? Does not that life throb and pulsate here? And what a brush - broad and sweeping, quick and vivid! What bright, what dazzling colors! An what poetry - vigorous, powerful as the Zaporzhian Setch itself, where 'was the lair of men proud and strong as Lions! Hence poured freedom and Cossackdom over all the Ukraine!" V. G. Belinsky

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679642558
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.61(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Peter Constantine was awarded the 1998 PEN Translation Award for Six Early Stories by Thomas Mann and the 1999 National Translation Award for The Undiscovered Chekhov: Forty-Three New Stories, and has been widely acclaimed for his recent translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel. His translations of fiction and poetry have also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Grand Street, Paris Review, Fiction, Harvard Magazine, Partisan Review, and London Magazine, among others. He lives in New York City.

Robert D. Kaplan is the bestselling author of sixteen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including Asia’s Cauldron, The Revenge of Geography, Monsoon, The Coming Anarchy, and Balkan Ghosts. He is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor at The Atlantic, where his work has appeared for three decades. He was chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, a visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy, and a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. Foreign Policy magazine has twice named him one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers.

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Taras Bulba 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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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.