Planning to begin with Nikolaj Gogol soon. What book should I start with?
Short stories. The Overcoat, The Portrait, The Nose and The Squabble are my personal favourites. I also greatly enjoyed Nevsky Prospect. Short stories is the medium in which Gogol really shines.
If you like his style, you can move on to Dead Souls. Although unfinished, it is a great work - I rank it among my greatest literary experiences.
With the Wikipedia page for Catherine's Russia and some kind of short primer on Russian literature in the eighteenth century before Gogol.
Then chronologically and with shorter works first, while consulting a concise intellectual bibliography so you understand at which points he was deemed to have gone nuts.
Better start with a Collection of his Short Stories and then move on to The Dead Souls. You can skip the Ukrainian Tales if you want and only read them later, they are not really representative of the work he went on to do later on and for which he is famous for.
please please please please please read The Portrait. his greatest story, better than dead souls by far, quite easy and comfy to get into, and fairly short. I've ready most of his work, and i'd say it was his hidden magnum opus.
I don't know if it's on the internet. I don't even think it has been translated to English... And it's not finished. It was supposed to have four episodes, but it looks like only the first two were made, in French, Dutch and Croatian... I personally own only the first book.
looks like Classics Illustrated did a version too
unfortunately, there's not a great available translation of gogol's Portrait in a physical copy, the only one i can think of is Pevear and Volokhonsky, however, there are many alternative translations in e-form, so i would strongly suggest you look for one that isnt P&V. it's such an incredible story, really far and away his best work, it has all of his religious fervor, all of his mystical darkness and horror, and all of his absurdism, and it is complete and polished unlike Dead Souls.
that may be, however, i feel that the portrait was my favorite story by him. it may not have been inspiring to some, however, it did inspire me to write a short work in the style of russian translations, in a very ironic manner.
can't argue with that brother... I loved the story as well because it had more of the supernatural themes that tend to creep into some of Gogol's stories and really set him apart from other Russian short story writers. I will say Dead Souls is my favorite though!
My book translated by Magarshack has the portrait.
Thinking of buying this from Amazon. Expensive but don't see any other option for physical
Oops, forgot pic. Amazon review states it has both "The Portrait", "The Overcoat", and "The Nose".
And the translation is by Constance Garnett