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The Diary of a Madman, the Government Inspector, and Selected Stories (Penguin Classics)

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One of five beloved Christmas classics in collectible hardcover editions

 

Written in 1831 by the father of Russian literature, this uproarious tale tells of the blacksmith Vakulas battle with the devil, who has stolen the moon and hidden it in his pocket, allowing him to wreak havoc on the village of Dikanka. Both the devil and Vakula are in love with Oksana, the most beautiful girl in Dikanka. Vakula is determined to win her over; the devil, equally determined, unleashes a snowstorm to thwart Vakulas efforts. Zany and mischievous, and drawing inspiration from the folk tales of Gogols far-flung village in Ukraine, The Night Before Christmas is the basis for many movie and opera adaptations, and is still read aloud to children on Christmas Eve in Ukraine and Russia.

 

Penguin Christmas Classics

 

Give the gift of literature this Christmas.

 

Penguin Christmas Classics honor the power of literature to keep on giving through the ages. The five volumes in the series are not only our most beloved Christmas tales, they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A Christmas Carol revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. The Night Before Christmas brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And The Nutcracker inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year.

 

Beautifully designed—with foil-stamped jackets, decorative endpapers, and nameplates for personalization—and printed in a small trim size that makes them perfect stocking stuffers, Penguin Christmas Classics embody the spirit of giving that is at the heart of our most time-honored stories about the holiday.

 

Collect all five Penguin Christmas Classics:

 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope

A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott

The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol

The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Synopsis:

This expanded collection of influential Russian satirist Nikolay Gogol's ingenious pieces now includes his most famous play.

  • Includes a chronology, explanatory notes, and publishing history for each work

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Synopsis:

This expanded collection of influential Russian satirist Nikolay Gogol's ingenious pieces now includes his most famous play.

  • Includes a chronology, explanatory notes, and publishing history for each work

 

About the Author

Nikolay Gogol (1809–1852) was the author of Dead Souls, widely considered the first great Russian novel.

Ronald Wilks has translated Gorky, Tolstoy, Pushkin, and Chekhov for Penguin Classics.

Robert A. Maguire was a professor of Russian studies at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

The Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector, and Selected Stories Chronology

Introduction

Further Reading

Table of Ranks

Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and His Aunt

How Ivan Ivanovich Quarrelled with Ivan Nikiforovich

Nevsky Prospekt

The Nose

The Overcoat

Diary of a Madman

The Carriage

The Government Inspector

Publishing History and Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140449075
Author:
Gogol, Nikolai Vasil
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Wilks, Ronald
Introduction by:
Maguire, Robert A.
Introduction:
Maguire, Robert A.
Author:
Makovsky, Konstantin
Author:
Gogol, Nikolai
Author:
Kivshenko, Aleksei
Author:
Gogol, Nikolay
Author:
Summers, Anna
Author:
Maguire, Robert A.
Author:
Grabar, Igor
Author:
Wilks, Ronald
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Gogol', Nikolai Vasil'evich
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Christmas Classics
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
7.22x5.64x.88 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,

This expanded collection of influential Russian satirist Nikolay Gogol's ingenious pieces now includes his most famous play.

  • Includes a chronology, explanatory notes, and publishing history for each work

@StaticBureaucracy Finally got my new threads today. Took it to work, I look Superfly. I’m not a gnat on a wall any more, I’m Akaky ‘Big Pimpin’’ Akakyevitch.

Seriously, check out pics on my Flickr. This coat is so money, it doesn’t even know how money it is.

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"Synopsis" by ,

This expanded collection of influential Russian satirist Nikolay Gogol's ingenious pieces now includes his most famous play.

  • Includes a chronology, explanatory notes, and publishing history for each work

 

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