➼ Мертвые души Free ➲ Author Nikolai Gogol – Heartforum.co.uk Dead Souls is elouent on some occasions lyrical on others and pious and reverent elsewhere Nicolai Gogol was a master of the spoof The American students of today are not the only readers who have been Dead Souls is elouent on some occasions lyrical on others and pious and reverent elsewhere Nicolai Gogol was a master of the spoof The American students of today are not the only readers who have been confused by him Russian literary history records divergent interpretations of Gogol than perhaps of any other classicIn a new translation of the comic classic of Russian literature Chichikov an enigmatic stranger and conniving schemer buys deceased serfs' names from their landlords' poll tax lists hoping to mortgage them for profit and to reinvent himself as a likeable gentleman.
Николай Васильевич ГогольNikolai Gogol born in Sorochyntsi Poltava Governorate Russian Empire present day Ukraine Russian writer of Ukrainian descent Gogol's mother was a descendant of Polish nobility Gogol's father Vasyl Hohol Yanovsky a Ukrainian writer best known for his plays died when Gogol was years old In Gogol went to a school of higher art in Nizhyn and remained there until It was there that he began writing Very early he developed a dark and secretive disposition marked by a painful self consciousness and boundless ambition Eually early he developed an extraordinary talent for mimicry which later on made him a matchless reader of his own worksIn on leaving school Gogol came to Petersburg He had hoped for literary fame and brought with him a Romantic poem of German idyllic life – Ganz Küchelgarten He had it published at his own expense under the name of V Alov The magazines he sent it to almost universally derided it He bought all the copies and destroyed them swearing never to write poetry againGogol was one of the first masters of the short story alongside Alexander Pushkin Prosper Mérimée E T A Hoffmann and Nathaniel Hawthorne He was in touch with the literary aristocracy and was taken up by Vasily Zhukovsky and Pyotr Pletnyov and in was introduced to PushkinIn he brought out the first volume of his Ukrainian stories Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka which met with immediate success He followed it in with a second volume and in by two volumes of stories entitled Mirgorod as well as by two volumes of miscellaneous prose entitled Arabesues At this time Gogol developed a passion for Ukrainian history and tried to obtain an appointment to the history department at Kiev University His fictional story Taras Bulba based on the history of Ukrainian cossacks was the result of this phase in his interests Between and Gogol worked with great energy though almost all his work has in one way or another its sources in his four years of contact with Pushkin Only after the presentation on April of his comedy The Government Inspector Revizor that he finally came to believe in his literary vocationFrom to he lived abroad travelling throughout Germany and Switzerland as well as spending the winter of – in ParisPushkin's death produced a strong impression on Gogol His principal work during years following Pushkin's death was the satirical epic Dead Souls Concurrently he worked at other tasks – recast Taras Bulba and The Portrait completed his second comedy Marriage Zhenitba wrote the fragment Rome and his most famous short story The OvercoatAfter the triumph of Dead Souls Gogol came to be regarded as a great satirist who lampooned the unseemly sides of Imperial Russia However Dead Souls was but the first part of a counterpart to The Divine Comedy The first part represented the Inferno; the second part was to depict the gradual purification and transformation of the rogue Chichikov under the influence of virtuous publicans and governors – PurgatoryHis last years were spent in restless movement throughout the country He intensified his relationship with a church elder Matvey Konstantinovsky He seems to have strengthened in Gogol the fear of perdition by insisting on the sinfulness of all his imaginative work His health was undermined by exaggerated ascetic practices and he fell into a state of deep depression On the night of February he burned some of his manuscripts which contained most of the second part of Dead Souls He explained this as a mistake a practical joke played on him by the Devil Soon thereafter he took to bed refused all food and died in great pain nine days later For goodread's profile in Russian see.
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