Nikolai Gogol – Petersburg Tales


Strolling on the Nevsky Prospect

The five stories in the anthology show a gallery of surreal and pathetic characters; the background is XIX Century’s St. Petersburg, with its equally well educated bourgeois’ and poorer circles. There is no hope or redemption for the facade moving in this grand setting; and the tragedy, told subtly described, becomes even more distressing. So is the story of The Overcoat, where the seemingly distant smile of the author seems to exacerbate the loneliness of the protagonist.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)