- Published: 01/03/2012
- ISBN: 9781847084217
- 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