Overcoat (Google eBook)

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Nov 28, 2007 - Fiction - 80 pages
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It is the story of a sincere young clerk who makes great sacrifices to attain an ''overcoat'' of untold value and power. Representing the mighty bureaucracy, Akaky dies of a broken heart when his beloved smart coat is stolen. The story takes an interesting turn when he returns for his coat from the buyer. This story symbolizes the reprisal of lower class against the dominance of the ruling class.
  

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Page 5 - ... uniform with a bald head. No respect was shown him in the department. The porter not only did not rise from his seat when he passed, but never even glanced at him, any more than if a fly had flown through the reception-room. His superiors treated him in coolly despotic fashion. Some insignificant assistant to the head clerk would thrust a paper under his nose without so much as saying, "Copy," or, "Here's an interesting little case," or anything else agreeable, as is customary amongst well-bred...
Page 3 - Bielobrinshkova, the wife of an officer of the quarter, and a woman of rare virtues. They offered the mother her choice of three names, Mokiya, Sossiya, or that the child should be called after the martyr . Khozdazat. "No," said the good woman, "all those names are poor.

About the author (2007)

Peter Constantine was awarded the 1998 PEN Translation Award for "Six Early Stories by Thomas Mann and the 1999 National Translation Award for "The Undiscovered Chekhov: Forty-Three New Stories, and has been widely acclaimed for his recent translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel. His translations of fiction and poetry have also appeared in "The New Yorker, "Harper's, "Grand Street, "Paris Review, "Fiction, "Harvard Magazine, "Partisan Review, and "London Magazine, among others. He lives in New York City.
Robert D. Kaplan is a correspondent for "The Atlantic Monthly and the author of nine books on travel and foreign affairs, including Balkan Ghosts, chosen by "The New York Times as one of the Best Books of 1993, and "An Empire Wilderness, chosen by "The Washington Post and the "Los Angeles Times as Best Book of the Year for 1998. His tenth book, "Mediterranean Winter, will be published by Random House next year. He lives with his wife and son in western Massachusetts.

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