Peterburgskie Povesti - A classic Russian tale by Nikolai Gogol. Stories about St. Petersburg. Gogol makes savage fun of the stilted bureaucracy, the obsession with rank, titles and medals, the pretensions of society in general. He is familiar with the irrational and fantastic that creeps into the fissures of our existence. The misery of the downtrodden clerk is real; but, strangely, the tales do not have the depressing effect usually associated with social criticism.
Hardback, 159 pages.