Some of the most powerful and dramatic writing of one of the men who opened the minds of the Russian people by showing them as others saw them. Gogol's tremendous power is one of the marvels of modern world literature and it is shown at its best in this remarkable book.
Taras Bulba -- St. John's Eve -- The Cloak -- How the Two Ivans Quarrelled -- The Mysterious Portrait -- The Calash
from the North. Every bond between them was broken; two kingdoms were established under a single name--Russia--one under the Tatar yoke, the other under the same rule with Lithuanians. But actually they had no relation with one another; different laws, different customs, different aims, different bonds, and different activities gave them wholly different characters."
This same Prince Guedimin freed Kieff from the Tatar yoke. This city had been laid waste by the golden hordes of Ghengis Khan and hidden for a very long time from the Slavonic chronicler as behind an impenetrable curtain. A shrewd man, Guedimin appointed a Slavonic prince to rule over the city and permitted the inhabitants to practise their own faith, Greek Christianity. Prior to the Mongol invasion, which brought conflagration and ruin, and subjected Russia to a two-century bondage, cutting her off from Europe, a state of chaos existed and the separate tribes fought with one another constantly and for the most petty reasons. Mutual depredatio