Petersburg Tales: New Translation

Petersburg Tales: New Translation

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Written in the 1830s and early 1840s, these comic stories tackle life behind the cold and elegant facade of the Imperial capital from the viewpoints of various characters, such as a collegiate assessor who one day finds that his nose has detached itself from his face and risen the ranks to become a state councillor ('The Nose'), a painter and a lieutenant whose romantic pursuits meet with contrasting degrees of success ('Nevsky Prospect') and a lowly civil servant whose existence desperately unravels when he loses his prized new coat ('The Overcoat').

Also including the 'Diary of Madman', these Petersburg Tales paint a critical yet hilarious portrait of a city riddled with pomposity and self-importance, masterfully juxtaposing nineteenth-century realism with madcap surrealism, and combining absurdist farce with biting satire.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 17.78mm | 176g
  • Alma Classics
  • Richmond, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847493491
  • 9781847493491
  • 387,464

Table of contents

Contains: Nevsky Prospect, The Nose, The Overcoat, Diary of a Madman
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Gogol was a strange creature, but then genius is always strange.
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Gogol was a strange creature, but then genius is always strange. -- Vladimir Nabokov
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About Nikolai Gogol

One of the leading figures in nineteenth-century Russian literature, Nikolai Gogol (1809-52) is best known for his satirical masterpiece, Dead Souls, and humorous plays and short stories such as The Government Inspector and The Overcoat, written in a highly original and often experimental style.
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