The Collected Tales Of Nikolai Gogol | Granta

  • Published: 01/03/2012
  • ISBN: 9781847084217
  • 129x30mm
  • 464 pages

The Collected Tales Of Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

Translated by Larissa Volokhonsky, Richard Pevear

Collected here are Gogol’s finest tales – from the demon-haunted ‘St John’s Eve’ to the strange surrealism of ‘The Nose’, from the heart-rending trials of the copyist in ‘The Overcoat’ to those of the delusional clerk in ‘The Diary of a Madman’ – allowing readers to experience anew the unmistakable genius of a writer who paved the way for Dostoevsky and Kafka. To this superb new translation – the first in twenty-five years and destined to become the definitive edition of Gogol’s short fiction – Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky bring the same clarity and fidelity to the original that they brought to their brilliant translation of Dostoevsky’s works and to War and Peace.

Gogol's occasional weirdness is just as weird today, of such a strange order of invention, that even a word like "exuberant" doesn't begin to cover it ... Gogol is strangely timeless

Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

This was, for me, an electric introduction to Russian literature.

AD Miller, The Independent

Nabokov was right about Gogol's greatness, and right to point out that he was a creator of a new reality

A.S. Byatt

The Author

Nikolai Gogol (1809-52) was one of the masters of nineteenth-century Russian literature. He was the author of numerous stories and a novel, Dead Souls. Together, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have also translated Dostoevsky’s Dead Souls, Crime and Punishment, Notes from Underground, Demons and The Brothers Karamazov, for which they were awarded the PEN Book of the Month Club Translation Prize. Their translation of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot is also published by Granta Books.

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