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  • The Overcoat
  • Nikolai Gogol
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  • 04 May 2018
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The Overcoat[Epub] ❦ The Overcoat By Nikolai Gogol – Essayreview.co.uk The Overcoat which is generally acknowledged as the finest of Gogol s memorable Saint Petersburg stories, is a tale of the absurd and misplaced obsessions The Overcoat which is generally acknowledged as the finest of Gogol s memorable Saint Petersburg stories, is a tale of the absurd and misplaced obsessions.


About the Author: Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol born in Sorochyntsi, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire, present day Ukraine Russian writer of Ukrainian descent Gogol s mother was a descendant of Polish nobility Gogol s father Vasyl Hohol Yanovsky, a Ukrainian writer best known for his plays, died when Gogol was years old In Gogol went to a school of higher art in Nizhyn and remained there until It was there that he began writing Very early he developed a dark and secretive disposition, marked by a painful self consciousness and boundless ambition Equally early he developed an extraordinary talent for mimicry which later on made him a matchless reader of his own worksIn , on leaving school, Gogol came to Petersburg He had hoped for literary fame and brought with him a Romantic poem of German idyllic life Ganz K chelgarten He had it published, at his own expense, under the name of V Alov The magazines he sent it to almost universally derided it He bought all the copies and destroyed them, swearing never to write poetry againGogol was one of the first masters of the short story, alongside Alexander Pushkin, Prosper M rim e, E T A Hoffmann, and Nathaniel Hawthorne He was in touch with the literary aristocracy , and was taken up by Vasily Zhukovsky and Pyotr Pletnyov, and in was introduced to PushkinIn , he brought out the first volume of his Ukrainian stories Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka , which met with immediate success He followed it in with a second volume, and in by two volumes of stories entitled Mirgorod, as well as by two volumes of miscellaneous prose entitled Arabesques At this time, Gogol developed a passion for Ukrainian history and tried to obtain an appointment to the history department at Kiev University His fictional story Taras Bulba, based on the history of Ukrainian cossacks, was the result of this phase in his interests Between and Gogol worked with great energy, though almost all his work has in one way or another its sources in his four years of contact with Pushkin Only after the presentation, on April , of his comedy The Government Inspector Revizor that he finally came to believe in his literary vocationFrom to he lived abroad, travelling throughout Germany and Switzerland, as well as spending the winter of in ParisPushkin s death produced a strong impression on Gogol His principal work during years following Pushkin s death was the satirical epic Dead Souls Concurrently, he worked at other tasks recast Taras Bulba and The Portrait, completed his second comedy, Marriage Zhenitba , wrote the fragment Rome and his most famous short story, The OvercoatAfter the triumph of Dead Souls, Gogol came to be regarded as a great satirist who lampooned the unseemly sides of Imperial Russia However, Dead Souls was but the first part of a counterpart to The Divine Comedy The first part represented the Inferno the second part was to depict the gradual purification and transformation of the rogue Chichikov under the influence of virtuous publicans and governors PurgatoryHis last years were spent in restless movement throughout the country He intensified his relationship with a church elder, Matvey Konstantinovsky He seems to have strengthened in Gogol the fear of perdition by insisting on the sinfulness of all his imaginative work His health was undermined by exaggerated ascetic practices and he fell into a state of deep depression On the night of February , he burned some of his manuscripts, which contained most of the second part of Dead Souls He explained this as a mistake, a practical joke played on him by the Devil Soon thereafter, he took to bed, refused all food, and died in great pain nine days later For goodread s profile in Russian, see.


10 thoughts on “The Overcoat

  1. says:

    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 quoted as saying, We all come from under Gogol s Overcoat , and it is true that much 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 quoted 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 grotesque 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 slightlythan twelve thousand words in length.Which 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 supernatural.We ll let Nabokov have the last word W ith 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

  2. says:

    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 h 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

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    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 Recommended The English trans 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 Recommended The 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 overcoat Original 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 this The 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 carapace And then there s this haunting quote, attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky We all come out from Gogol s Overcoat ETA Even months later, every time I think about this story, that quote comes to mind So off I went to read Nicolai Gogol s short story.Akaky 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 quietly carries on.Until 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 getsandexcited 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 workplace.Of course, this being 19th century Russian literature, you know it s going to go south for poor Akaky view spoiler Akaky 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 But the surprise for me was the ending view spoiler The ghost of Akaky Akakievich starts haunting St Petersburg, pulling coats off of pedestrians And is that a tougher,masculine Akaky ghost at the very end, or a different ghost I m not quite certain but I m inclined to think it s Akaky hide spoiler I m still a little bemused by the unexpected turn from existentialist dark humor to gothic at the end It didn t quite feel integral to me, Nabokov s inspired praises notwithstanding So, four stars from me, even though I actually though it was an amusing ending and I liked seeing a certain character get his comeuppance.Free online several places, including here at Project Gutenberg in a collection of Russian short stories

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    We all come out of Gogol s Overcoat Fyodor Dostoevsky

  5. says:

    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 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 haveimportance 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 Russian As I was saying, this book is about view spoiler a 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 And then something happened I loved this story I found some honest and beautiful linesand many a time afterwards, in the course of his life, shuddered at seeing how much inhumanity there is in man, how much savage coarseness is concealed beneath delicate, refined worldliness, and even, O God in that man whom the world acknowledges as honorable and noble.that reflect society back then And now Everything seems to change but the most remarkable aspects don t change that much That is one of the reasons I love literature Books written hundreds of years ago reflect situations, attitudes, emotions, ways of thinking that we see nowadays Feelings towards routine and overbearing bureaucracy, discrimination, injustice, exploitation, alienation are the same two centuries ago and now Not all writers have what it takes to explore these universal emotions and write something that you can immediately relate to But Gogol seems to be one of them Apparently, he had that keen eye meant to observe individuals and humanity as a whole, and was able to write about it in such a beautiful manner I could totally see my previous boss in some pages Gogol s influence on Russian literature is unquestionable Dostoyevsky, Bulgakov It also appears in Kafka s work, so my favorite authors are kind of connected here The Overcoat is a short story that contains too much Do not miss it.Sep 7, 2013 Also on my blog

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    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 read.https www.goodreads.com review show 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 read.https www.goodreads.com review show

  7. says:

    The Overcoat 4 Engaging Stars I 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 bare The Overcoat 4 Engaging Stars I 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 work.One 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 Wikipedia Initially, 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 quest 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 delightful.An engaging, well written story that can be read in less than an hour Recommended for those that enjoy classic literature and short stories

  8. says:

    I absolutely love it Kamaszkin as a tragic character always moves me

  9. says:

    THE OVERCOAT is a classic Russian satire first published in 1842 It is an atmospheric short story packed with substance and emotion.THE 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 acceptance.THE OVERCOAT is oldtornthreadbarecan no longer be mended AA is saddevastated, he lacks rubles for a new one He must curtail ord THE OVERCOAT is a classic Russian satire first published in 1842 It is an atmospheric short story packed with substance and emotion.THE 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 acceptance.THE 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 evenings.THEnewOVERCOAT brings happinessyay a party to celebratesocial acceptanceand thenoh no it can t be The 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 outcome.Enjoyed my first Nikolai Gogol read, and look forward to

  10. says:

    The Overcoattells the story of life and death of one Akaky Akakievich, a government official in a certain department The first part of the story tells us the personality of the Akaky and his poor living conditions His job though satisfying to him doesn t earn enough to keep him well clothed and bred He is extremely reserved and becomes a constant subject of ridicule Through the first half of the story, Gogol places Akaky well in reader s hearts arousing their compassion The first half enThe Overcoattells the story of life and death of one Akaky Akakievich, a government official in a certain department The first part of the story tells us the personality of the Akaky and his poor living conditions His job though satisfying to him doesn t earn enough to keep him well clothed and bred He is extremely reserved and becomes a constant subject of ridicule Through the first half of the story, Gogol places Akaky well in reader s hearts arousing their compassion The first half ends with Akaky through so much of labour and with many sacrifices becoming a proud owner of an overcoat The second part of the story is where the reader learns the misfortune of Akaky as he is robbed of his overcoat and all his efforts at recovering his lost property is rendered futile His disappointment and exposure to ill weather in the absence of an overcoat sees him to an early grave But the story doesn t end there It becomes better for Akaky comes back 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 certain humans it brings to light the inefficiency and unjust and unsatisfactory conduct of government bureaucrats of Russia under the Imperial regime and finally through Akaky s ghost haunting the officials is hinting at that someday the tolerance for such governance might end in a catastrophe as was seen years later.Gogol is said to be a pioneer in realistic writing His writing as is portrayed inThe Overcoatis touched on real characters in the society and real themes that concern the humans and society Dostoevsky once said that We all come from Gogol s Overcoat and this is very good indication that how influential and great Gogol s work had been on Russian literature There is an easy grace in his writing which makes it undemanding for the reader This is one of the best attributes in his writing And his direct and at times sardonic writing is quite appealing It is not right to draw comparison 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 Wild.Overall, I enjoyed this short work And although personally I cannot put Gogol in the same line with Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, I do like his style

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