Kejsarinnans tofflor och berättelsen om hur Ivan Ivanovitj by Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol

By Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol

»Julafton led mot sitt slut. Den klara vinternatten bröt in. Stjärnorna tindrade och månen höjde sig majestätiskt på himlen att lysa för de goda människorna världen runt.«

»Kejsarinnans tofflor« är ett strålande prov på sydryskt berättarlynne och sydrysk fantasi och »Berättelsen om hur Ivan Ivanovitj och Ivan Nikiforovitj blev ovänner» är i sin burleska humor och saftiga realism ett klassiskt verk i rysk litteratur, ett av den ryska humorns stora mästerverk. Tillsammans ger de båda ett karaktäristiskt prov på Gogols folklivsberättelser.

Nikolaj Gogol (1809-1852) är den verklige banbrytaren i rysk litteratur. Det var han som först vågade bryta med den romantiska skolan och företräda en realistisk linje, vilket skulle skänka betydande impulser åt en lång rad av efterföljare, bland dem Turgenjev, Dostojevskij, Tjechov och Gorkij.

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How am I still here then? I couldn’t swim when I was five. ” His voiced droned as if in a trance, just another story told to a stranger at closing time. “God, I liked her. She was this tasty blonde-haired doll. Teeny, high voice. Swear if you stuck a finger in her, she’d squeak. Family had a cottage up the road. We were in her room, her parents out somewhere. I had my hand up her shirt. She was one of those pristine Catholic girls, so it was a big deal just getting to second base. ” He sighed with fond remembrance.

I don’t like being plugged in to someone’s beck and call. I didn’t own a computer. Rarely used the Internet for anything. Didn’t even have an email address. At least not one I ever checked. I didn’t have time to sit on my ass playing video games or ogling pictures of naked women. I was too busy busting my ass to keep my head above water. LAMENTATION 33 I could picture this business of his. A gang of pasty dope fiends gacking over circuit boards and Legend of Zelda, or whatever nerds played these days.

I kept a stash of candy in my glove compartment. His mother wouldn’t approve, but she wasn’t around, was she? And I wasn’t one of those fathers who bought into all that new-age parenting bullshit. No sugar. No TV. A forced regimen from the crib through college. My parents didn’t do that with us, and we turned out all right. Well, at least one of us did. The snow that had fallen was the wet, heavy kind—perfect for snowballs and stacking—and several snowmen, in various states of construction, dotted the knoll.

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