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The first story in this volume, How the Two Ivans Quarrelled, is an amusing portrayal of two exceptionally close friends, the mortal insult that drives them apart, and the ensuing chaos that occurs. This is Gogol's humour at its best, where the most irrelevant-seeming details and turns of phrase suddenly take on a bizarre life of their own. The second story, Ivan Krylov's Panegyric in Memory of My Grandfather, has an ingenuous narrator praise the nobility and modesty of a landowner whose actions prove him to be otherwise. The final two stories, by the Russian satirist Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, are satirical attacks on the inability of civil servants to cope with real life, and on Russia's autocracy. Together, they represent some of Russia's finest comic writing before the twentieth century.
a fantastic, self-parodic, mock-heroic folk taleA" Patrick McCabe
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st September 2011
Publisher: Oneworld Classics Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1