Nicolas Vassilievitch Gogol (1809-1852) croyait vraiment au diable. Mais le Malin, pour corrompre le malheureux peintre Tchartkov, délaisse ici son attirail de fumées, de goules et de harpies : un vieux portrait et quelques ducats d'or suffiront. Dans cette version pétersbourgeoise de "Faust", le fantastique a valeur d'allégorie : la création artistique est-elle sans danger pour l'âme?
Author, dramatist and satirist, Nicolay Gogol (1809-52) deeply influenced later Russian literature with his powerful depictions of a society dominated by petty bureaucracy and base corruption. This volume includes both his most admired short fiction and his most famous drama. A biting and frequently hilarious political satire, The Government inspector has been popular since its first performance and was regarded by Nabokov as the greatest Russian play ever written. The stories gathered here range from comic to tragic and describe the isolated lives of low ranking clerks, lunatics and swindlers. They include "The Diary of a Madman", an amusing byt disturbing exploration of insanity, "Nevsky Prospekl", a depiction of an artist besotted with a young woman, and "The Overcoat", a moving consideration of poverty that powerfully inspired Dostoyevsky and later Russian writers.
Edited and translated by Ronald Wilks, this new collection of Gogol's shorter writings skilfully captures the savage with of the original works. Robert Maguire's introduction considers recurrent themes and Gogol's influence on Realism. This edition also includes detailed notes, a publishing history for each story and a chronology.
B>One of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy/b>br>br>Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in a provincial town and visits a succession of landowners to make each a strange offer. He proposes to buy the names of dead serfs still registered on the census, saving their owners from paying tax on them, and to use these souls as collateral to reinvent himself as a gentleman. In this ebullient masterpiece, Gogol created a grotesque gallery of human types, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial fool Manilov, and, above all, the devilish con man Chichikov.br>br>For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Tells the tale of a Christmas Eve in the village of Dikanka featuring the wicked mischief of the devil as he runs amok in the town and torments the town blacksmith, Vakula, as Vakula tries to win the love of Oksana.