u Notes from the Underground: Snuggling in the overcoat

Snuggling in the overcoat

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Picked up a short story collection by Nikolai Gogol, that includes the famous "The Overcoat".

Evidently the incomparable Dostoyevsky himself said about Gogol:
We all [future generations of Russian novelists] came out from under his Overcoat

I have a lot of ground to cover in 19th century Russian literature: havent read anything by Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev (with his famous nihilist protagonist in Fathers & Sons) or Chekhov. (Franz Kafka is another guy who doesnt belong here, but my mind always slots him in with these people). Oh, and Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky. Havent read that too.


At 12:02 AM, July 24, 2006, Blogger Jayakrishnan said...

Include Aleksander Solzhenitsyn in there too.
Try to read "Cancer Ward", "The Gulag Archipelago" which are among his most famous works

Also try to read "The injured and the Insulted" by Dosteyevsky.

Are you into Camus, Schopenhauer or Nietzche??

At 12:04 AM, July 24, 2006, Blogger Jayakrishnan said...

Also, the incomparable "War and Peace" by Tolstoy should be right up there.


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