Шинель[EPUB] ✷ Шинель ✼ Nikolai Gogol – Oaklandjobs.co.uk “Dunue in un ufficio prestava servizio un impiegato – che non pretendiamo fosse tale da fare una grande impressione piccoletto di statura un tantin butterato piuttosto rossiccio un poco debole di “Dunue in un ufficio prestava servizio un impiegato – che non pretendiamo fosse tale da fare una grande impressione piccoletto di statura un tantin butterato piuttosto rossiccio un poco debole di vista con una promettente calvizie sopra la fronte rughe poi a ciascun lato delle guance e di un colorito si potrebbe dire emorroidale Che farci colpa del clima pietroburghese” Un folgorante racconto del grandissimo scrittore russo assieme comico e drammatico scrutatore della follia umana contemporaneo alle Anime morte. It is a simple tale on the surface Akaky Akakievich literally Harmless Son of Harmless but which might sound like Poopy Pooperson” to a child an impoverished civil servant and scrivener must maintain his respectability by possessing a decent overcoat How he gains a new overcoat loses that overcoat and seeks to have the overcoat restored to him constitutes the whole of our story Dostoevsky has been uoted as saying “We all come from under Gogol's Overcoat and it is true that much of Russian literature can be glimpsed in this single short story it is a satire ranging from buffonery to social commentary a realist work rooted in naturalistic detail that sometimes descends to the grotesue and the surreal and yet remains compassionate maintaining its sympathy for all of us humans and our tragic and ludicrous plight Not bad for a story slightly than twelve thousand words in lengthWhich brings us to the distinctive characteristic of Gogol he is a literary conjurer with an extraordinary ability to shift from tone to tone The Overcoat begins in low comedy making fun of its character's name then describes his shabby living conditions until we begin to see the dead flies and smell the onions Gogol ridicules his protagonist's rigidity and pomposity but then—when some younger clerks make fun of him—Gogol shifts his tone again until we grow to regard Akaky with an abiding compassion From there Gogol sharpens his social satire tempering it with a comedy touched with pathos and ends—not in tragedy as we suspect it might but—in nightmare and the supernaturalWe'll let Nabokov have the last word “With Gogol this shifting is the very basis of his art When as in the immortal The Overcoat he really let himself go and pottered on the brink of his private abyss he became the greatest artist that Russia has yet produced” Recently I read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri about two generations of an Indian immigrant family to the United States The main theme of the novel was that the father Ashoke was reading The Overcoat on a train journey The train derailed and this slim book saved his life Indebted to the book Ashoke decided to name his newborn son Nikhil but gave him the nickname Gogol after the Russian writer whose works he adored Lahiri even includes snippets of Gogol's life in her novel but until now I had not read any of his work It is in this regard that I chose to read The Overcoat to get a feel for the story that had such a central place in the book Nicolai Gogol lived a brief existence from 1809 1852 primarily in Petersburg Russia with a few sojourns to Rome Gogol was a gifted writer who influenced Dostoevsky and Turgenev among others Sent away to boarding school at the age of ten Gogol lived most of his life away from his father and did not have other family to speak of As a result he had compassion for the less fortunate of people and this becomes evident in his famous short story Gogol got the idea for The Overcoat at a party with friends when he heard of a civil servant who desires a new gun but could not afford one and saved money in order to do so Thus the idea for Akaky Akakyevich and his overcoat was born Akakyevich survived on a salary of 450 rubles a year and could barely afford food or clothes He was happy at his job as a copier and had no desire to advance in his profession or to marry Living in a tiny apartment in the poor side of town Akakyevich brought home extra work and saved rubles in a tin in order to have the means to afford repairs to his clothing One year his Overcoat was worn beyond repair and Akaky Akakyevich saved rubles in his tin for a new coat He convinced his tailor Petrovich in a drunken moment to sew him a new one for only 80 rubles and by doing so was able to survive for another winter Despite his joy in receiving the new coat Akakyevich's moment is short lived; however because others coveted his coat and stole it from him This fleeting moment sets up a memorable denouement that appears to be out of a folk tale I thought The Overcoat was straight forward and accessible to read I enjoyed the message that Gogol sent to his readers to have compassion on others regardless of one's station in life and was especially moved when Akakyevich's colleagues took up collection for a new Overcoat for him This is the second short story I have read by a Russian master this year and I am glad to see that the stories are folktales in nature and easy to read I hope stories as The Overcoat lead me to read some of the longer classic Russian literature and am glad that Jhumpa Lahiri's novel inspired me to read the works of Nicolai Gogol 2020 update I'm bumping this up to all 5 stars on reread This Russian tale of an introverted man and his trials relating to an expensive for him overcoat really hit me on second read The characterization is so in depth for a shorter work especially as it relates to Akaky the main character his tailor and a small minded bureaucrat There's also some really interesting symbolism relating to his overcoat and how it affects both Akaky and the people around him RecommendedThe English translation on Project Gutenberg linked at the end of this review from the original Russian is excellent except that it still irks me that it's called the cloak rather than the overcoat It has sleeves; it's an overcoatOriginal review In my preparation for reading The Metamorphosis I did some background reading of critical analyses including this one by Vladimir Nabokov thanks to Cecily for the link where he does a fantastic dissection heh of The Metamorphosis but also talks about Gogol's The Carrick aka The Cloak or The Overcoat and tosses off wonderful ideas like thisThe beauty of Kafka's and Gogol's private nightmares is that their central human characters belong to the same private fantastic world as the inhuman characters around them but the central one tries to get out of that world to cast off the mask to transcend the cloak or the carapaceAnd then there's this haunting uote attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky We all come out from Gogol's 'Overcoat' ETA Even months later every time I think about this story that uote comes to mind So off I went to read Nicolai Gogol's short storyAkaky Akakievich is an absurd pathetic figure of a man His name would translate as something very nondescript like John Johnson except you also have this deliberate allusion to kaka or caca feces in his name; one review site suggested you think of him as Poopy McPooperson He is a titular councillor read minor official who in fact does nothing except act as a human photocopier all day every day for very low pay He even takes his copy work home with him in the evenings His only joy in life is derived from his copy work Even being asked to make the most minor changes to the original version throws him into a tizzy His co workers make fun of him but other than a pitiful protest of Leave me alone Why do you insult me? he uietly carries onUntil one day when he realizes that his overcoat has become so threadbare that it won't keep off the cold St Petersburg winter After a few skirmishes with his tailor about whether the old coat can be patched up or not he caves and agrees to save up money for a new coat which will cost like 20% of his annual wages Gradually Akaky gets and excited about his new coat And when he finally gets the finished overcoat lined with cat fur because marten fur is too expensive sorry to my feline loving friends it causes a sensation in his workplaceOf course this being 19th century Russian literature you know it's going to go south for poor Akaky view spoilerAkaky's coat gets stolen the first day when he goes out at night to a party his co workers throw to celebrate his new coat He fruitlessly tries to get the police and some government guy to help him gets totally shot down walks home in the freezing cold gets sick and dies hide spoiler “We all come out of Gogol's 'Overcoat Fyodor Dostoevsky My first contact with Gogol and certainly not my last This little book tells the story of Akakiy Akakievitch a certain official in a certain department where nobody showed him any sign of respect He was laughed at by his co workers That must be one of the worst thing that may happen to any human being realizing that high school did not end for a lot of people it wasn't all flowers and rainbows All the bullying the bad jokes the embarrassing moments that make you gently ask the ground to eat you alive the psychological violence you cannot get rid of all that now at your workplace? You have to love the irony The Overcoat is well a story about an overcoat It seems to have importance than Akakiy himself the responsible guy with the unfortunate name That is another thing mothers what the hell are you thinking when you give your children ridiculous names? Please spare them a lot of trouble and save yourselves a lot of money in psychologists and start naming your kids properly I don't know why they don't change their own name into some fruit weird magicians comic superheroes cars cardinal points or whatever they seem to love Especially you celebrity people who don't know I exist and won't read this in your entire life Okay Rant officially over If you search for Akakiy Akakievitch you will understand I had to do that because I wanted to know why the author spent several lines explaining how he got his name and yeah I don't speak RussianAs I was saying this book is about view spoilera man who was constantly humiliated at work and his ruined overcoat which he wanted to repair because of the cold cold winter and the bad bad jokes So he decided to buy a new one and after living under a tight budget he managed to do so And suddenly he was a respectable man That laughable poor devil who always endured those vicious jokes and never replied to anyone was now a significant part of his department; of society even His brand new overcoat gave him confidence some self esteem People at his department even organized a party in his honor Actually in the overcoat's honor but still it was a big deal hide spoiler I am aghast that it took me until the ripe old age I am today to read this wonderful short story Don't let my story be yours It takes 30 minutes to read Invest it today Also I read it because of Tadiana's most excellent review to which I can add nothing of value It's a must readhttpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshow The Overcoat tells the story of life and death of one Akaky Akakievich a government official in a certain department The first part of the story introduces us to the personality of Akaky and his poor living conditions The job though satisfying doesn't earn enough to keep him well clothed and bred He is extremely reserved and becomes a constant subject of ridicule Gogol plants Akaky well in the reader’s hearts in this first part arousing their compassion Akaky after much labour and suffering becomes a proud owner of an overcoat And here ends the first part of the story In the second part of the story the reader learns the misfortune of Akaky He is robbed of his overcoat; his efforts at recovering his lost property are rendered futile His disappointment over his loss and the exposure to ill weather in its absence sees him to an early grave But here the story gets better for Akaky comes back from the dead to seek justice and takes revenge from those who had failed to help him This little story tells many things It exposes the poverty stricken lives of middle class working people; it shows the uncompassionate and bullying nature of the humans; it brings to light the inefficiency and unjust and unsatisfactory conduct of government bureaucrats of Russia under the Imperial regime Akaky’s ghost haunting the officials is kind of a hint that someday the tolerance for such governance might end in a catastrophe as was seen years laterGogol is said to be a pioneer in realistic writing His writing as is portrayed in The Overcoat is touched on real characters and real themes that concern human society Dostoevsky once said that “We all come from Gogol’s Overcoat” and this is a very good indication that how influential Gogol’s work had been on Russian literature There is an easy grace in his writing which makes it undemanding to read It is one of the best attributes of his writing His direct and at times sardonic writing is uite appealing It is not right to draw comparisons between the literary masters especially from different literary traditions but so far the writing is concerned I couldn’t help comparing his writing with that of Charles Dickens and Oscar WildOverall I enjoyed this short work Personally I cannot place Gogol in the same light with Tolstoy and Dostoevsky but I do like his style The Overcoat★★★★ 4 Engaging StarsI first heard of this story while reading Jhumpa Lahiri's 2003 fantastic novel The Namesake Since then I've been curious to read it and I finally had a chance to do it If you Google The Namesake and The Overcoat you'll find plenty of posts analyzing the connection between the two The Overcoat follows the life and death of Akaky Akakievich a middle aged man that works as a government clerk in St Petersburg Akaky whose annual salary of 400 rubles barely allows him to survive is deeply passionate about his job He's a recluse neglects his appearance and never pays attention to what is happening around him Because of his odd personality and isolated lifestyle his coworkers constantly make fun of him but Akaky rarely lets this affect his performance at workOne day after he notices that his back is hurting Akaky soon determines that the problem is that his overcoat is so worn out that is not protecting him from the icy winds that blow through the city He decides to take the item to his tailor Petrovitch to see if he can mend it After some back and forth between the two Petrovitch tells Akaky that there's no way to patch the coat and that he'll have to buy a new one A stamp depicting The Overcoat from the souvenir sheet of Russia devoted to the 200th birth anniversary of Nikolai Gogol 2009 Via WikipediaInitially Akaky is taken aback when Petrovitch estimates that a new overcoat will cost around 150 rubles than a third of his annual salary But eventually he resigns himself to the idea and paradoxically discovers that the uest to put aside the money has actually brought a new sense of purpose to his otherwise dull existence After receiving a higher than expected bonus along with some money he's been saving Akaky is finally ready to purchase his new piece of garment The day he receives the coat is the happiest of Akaky's life Sadly his elation is short lived as a sudden turn of events ends with the loss of his coat a devastating illness and ultimately his own demise Soon after he dies Akaky returns as a ghost to haunt those that were cruel to him in particular a superintendent that refused to help him when the overcoat was reported lost For a story published in 1842 I found the language of The Overcoat surprisingly approachable Gogol's not so veiled criticism of the Russian political establishment as well as his sardonic depiction of government bureaucrats was particularly delightfulAn engaging well written story that can be read in less than an hour Recommended for those that enjoy classic literature and short stories I absolutely love it Kamaszkin as a tragic character always moves me THE OVERCOAT is a classic Russian satire first published in 1842 It is an atmospheric short story packed with substance and emotionTHE OVERCOAT belongs to AA an extremely poor man with an extremely undemanding meagerly paying government job but he diligently completes his work day and night He is criticized for his apparel and lacks social acceptanceTHE OVERCOAT is oldtornthreadbarecan no longer be mended AA is saddevastated he lacks rubles for a new one He must curtail ordinary expenses for at least a yearno teano candleshe must walk on his toes to save the heels of his shoes and suffer hunger in the darkness of the eveningsTHE new OVERCOAT brings happinessyaya party to celebratesocial acceptanceand thenoh noit can't beThe story continues in a direction I truly did not expect and if you want to be surprised go in cold turkey There are some wonderful reviews out there but they give away the outcomeEnjoyed my first Nikolai Gogol read and look forward to

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  • 06 January 2015
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