Search Results: "Nikolai Gogol"


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THE COLLECTED TALES by Nikolai Gogol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1998

"Pevear's informative Preface persuasively emphasizes the personal, nonpolitical, and, to some degree, haphazard nature of the distinctive alchemy by which a deeply flawed and troubled soul managed to create some of the most colorful and haunting fiction of his century."
Pevear and Volokhonsky continue their remarkable conquest of 19th-century Russian fiction with this lively new translation of 13 of "the Russian Dickens's" wildest and finest stories. Read full book review >

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THE SQUABBLE by Nikolai Gogol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

The great gifts for farcical detail and satiric characterization that distinguish such later masterpieces as Dead Souls and "The Government Inspector" are amply displayed in these three earlier stories, set in Gogol's native Ukraine (a.k.a. Read full book review >

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SOROTCHINTZY FAIR by Nikolai Gogol
by Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Sybil Schonfeldt, illustrated by Gennady Spirin, translated by Daniel Reynolds
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 10, 1991

First, this is not Gogol's lengthy original—a ribald, satirical picture of village life in the Ukraine, a story that turns on peasant gullibility, takes anti-Semitism for granted (Gogol is also merciless toward women, and everyone else), and is as rich in pungent detail as Washington Irving's tales—a grand piece of social history that would surely be problematic out of context, by one of Russia's 19th-century masters. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2008

"Zen and the art of writing a pretty cool book."
Join a spiritual seeker on his journey to becoming a monk. Read full book review >

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TWO LEAPS ACROSS A CHASM by Nikolai Aleksandrov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"A true original: the shaggiest tale of cloak and dagger you're ever likely to read."
A melancholy farce, obviously written with an eye on Gogol, about the untidy coverup of a Kremlin scandal—first US publication for this Russian criminologist/journalist. Read full book review >

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IN CONCERT PERFORMANCE by Nikolai Dezhnev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1999

"Witty, literate, and moving: Dezhnev's allegory of the flesh and the spirit offers a sharp and up-to-date portrait of the Russian soul."
A fairy-tale romance—in the strictest sense of the term—between a malcontent Russian wife and a fallen angel provides the outline of Moscow physicist Dezhnev's American debut. Read full book review >

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WUNDERKIND by Nikolai Grozni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Grozni's writing about music is resonant and nuanced; his writing about life under communism, much less so."
In his autobiographical first novel, this Bulgarian-American writer describes the travails of an alienated musical prodigy in Cold War Bulgaria. Read full book review >

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VATSANA'S LUCKY NEW YEAR by Sara Gogol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 1992

"A sturdy addition to the rapidly growing number of books about the Asian-American experience. (Fiction. 10-13)"
An earnest first novel in which a preteen encounters both prejudice and friendship at a Portland, Oregon, school. Read full book review >

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WHY? by Nikolai Popov
by Nikolai Popov, illustrated by Nikolai Popov
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Provocative. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A wordless condemnation of violence and war—their often absurd origins and always grim aftermath. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1989

Merlin's own story, unencumbered (as yet, anyway) by Arthur and company, set in the sixth century and cast as a struggle between the Prydein (Celtic Britons) and encroaching Germanic tribes: from the British historian and descendant of you-know-who. Read full book review >

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THE ENCHANTED WANDERER by Nikolai  Leskov
Released: March 26, 2013

"A literate delight, and a book to look forward to reading more than once."
A welcome new translation of Leskov's grand metaphysical romp, a hallmark of 19th-century Russian literature. Read full book review >