Diary of a Madman, and Other Stories
These five stories, including 'Diary of a Madman - the Overcoat and The Nose', make the best introduction to Gogol. His world is less a world than an atmosphere, a question of sleight of hand and trapdoor humour, involving characters that are vivid in the way only ghosts or government clerks can be. 'When, as in his immortal 'The Overcoat', he really let himself go and pottered happily on the brink of his private abyss, he became the greatest artist that Russia has yet produced,' wrote Nabokov, adding that 'after reading Gogol one's eyes may become gogolized and one is apt to see bits of his world in the most unexpected places'.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing
The eponymous story in this collection, justly celebrated and turned into a successful stage piece, acts as a wonderful anchor to the book, with its intriguing description of the gradations between ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - blake.rosser - LibraryThing
Surprising and refreshing given my experience with other Russian writers. Gogol's stories are contrastingly light and comic, and his intrusive narration sometimes hilarious. His close to "The Nose," a ... Read full review
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