Taras Bulba

The story follows an old Cossack, Taras Bulba, and his two sons, Andriy and Ostap returning home from an Orthodox seminary in Kiev. Ostap is the more adventurous, whereas Andriy...

Dead Souls

Gogol’s great Russian classic is the Pickwick Papers of Russian Literature. It takes a sharp but humorous look at life in all its strata, but especially the devious complexities...

The Nose

"The Nose" is the second best known story of Gogol, after "The Overcoat." A military major discovers his nose is missing and works to recover it. He finds the nose but it pretends...

The Mantle

With his sense of humor and ability to observe, Nikolai Gogol presents the world with stories of little people: the weak and fragile people who try to hold on to life in the...

St. John's Eve

How far will a man go for love? The short story "St. John's Eve" by Nikolai Gogol from the 19th century recounts the sinister events that transpired in a poor hamlet generations...

The Nose

"A most extraordinary thing happened in St. Petersburg on the twenty-fifth of March." The opening lines of "The Nose", one of Gogol’s best-known stories, and quite possibly the...

Diary Of A Madman And Other Tales

Diary of a Madman is one of Gogol's greatest stories. The tale follows the life of a minor civil servant during the repressive era of Nicholas I. Following the format of a diary,...

The Overcoat A Nikolai Gogol Story

The author of Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky said, "We all come out from Gogol's the Overcoat." The story centers on an impoverished clerk who is dedicated to his job as...

The Fair At sorochyntsi

"The Fair at Sorochyntsi" by Nikolai Gogol is a short story set in a Ukrainian village in 1800. A man travels with his daughter and wife to a fair to sell some of their...

The Old World Landowners

"The Old World Landowners" is a short story written in 1835. It is the first tale in the "Mirgorod" collection by Nikolai Gogol. The story is a vivid representation of the...

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