Originally Posted by Pennglock
Outside of Chekhov, this is my favorite piece of Russian literature. Get ahold of the Guerney translation if possible.
Are you serious? The Classical Russian Realism has shaped me like no other literary period and I am very fond of Chekhov, Turgenev and Pushkin, but between them and the Giants of Russian Literature, Tolstoi and especially Dostoyevsky, are world's apart. To my mind, Dostoyevsky's psychological depth has never been reached again ever. That being said, Gogol is great and I am reading his Plays and Petersburg Tales by the side, already having had the pleasure of finishing The Brothers Karamazov for the second time.
Excuse me, if this sounds aggressive.