Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (31 March 1809 – 4 March 1852) was a Ukrainian-born Russian dramatist, novelist and short story writer. Considered by his contemporaries one of the preeminent figures of the natural school of Russian literary realism, later critics have found in Gogol’s work a fundamentally romantic sensibility, with strains of Surrealism and the grotesque (“The Nose”, “Viy”, “The Overcoat,” “Nevsky Prospekt”).

St. John’s Eve

Thoma Grigroovitch had one very strange eccentricity: to the day of his death he never liked to tell the same thing twice. There were times when, if you asked him to relate a thing afresh,

Continue Reading St. John’s Eve

The Overcoat

In the department of - but it is better not to mention the department. There is nothing more irritable than departments, regiments, courts of justice, and, in a word, every branch of public service.

Continue Reading The Overcoat

The Portrait

Nowhere did so many people pause as before the little picture-shop in the Shtchukinui Dvor. This little shop contained, indeed, the most varied collection of curiosities.

Continue Reading The Portrait

The VIY

As soon as the clear seminary bell began sounding in Kieff in the morning, the pupils would come flocking from all parts of the town. The students of grammar, rhetoric, philosophy,

Continue Reading The VIY

A May Night

Songs were echoing in the village street. It was just the time when the young men and girls, tired with the work and cares of the day, were in the habit of assembling for the dance.

Continue Reading A May Night

Memoirs of a Madman

October 3rd. A strange occurrence has taken place to-day. I got up fairly late, and when Mawra brought me my clean boots, I asked her how late it was. When I heard it had long struck ten, I dressed as quickly as possible.

Continue Reading Memoirs of a Madman

The Nose

On the 25th March, 18—, a very strange occurrence took place in St Petersburg. On the Ascension Avenue there lived a barber of the name of Ivan Jakovlevitch. He had lost his family name, and on his sign-board,

Continue Reading The Nose

The Mentle

In a certain Russian ministerial department—— But it is perhaps better that I do not mention which department it was. There are in the whole of Russia no persons more sensitive than Government officials.

Continue Reading The Mentle