The Viy

The Viy A philosophy student is terrorised by a witch as he holds a vigil over the the dead body of a beautiful girl

  • Title: The Viy
  • Author: Nikolai Gogol
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  • Page: 467
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  • A philosophy student is terrorised by a witch as he holds a vigil over the the dead body of a beautiful girl.

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      Nikolai Gogol

    About Author

    1. Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol was born in the Ukrainian Cossack village of Sorochyntsi, in Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire, present day Ukraine His mother was a descendant of Polish nobility His father Vasily Gogol Yanovsky, a descendant of Ukrainian Cossacks, belonged to the petty gentry, wrote poetry in Russian and Ukrainian, and was an amateur Ukrainian language playwright who died when Gogol was 15 years old.In 1820 Gogol went to a school of higher art in Nizhyn and remained there until 1828 It was there that he began writing Very early he developed a dark and secretive disposition, marked by a painful self consciousness and boundless ambition Equally early he developed an extraordinary talent for mimicry which later on made him a matchless reader of his own works.In 1828, on leaving school, Gogol came to Petersburg He had hoped for literary fame and brought with him a Romantic poem of German idyllic life Ganz K chelgarten He had it published, at his own expense, under the name of V Alov The magazines he sent it to almost universally derided it He bought all the copies and destroyed them, swearing never to write poetry again.Gogol was one of the first masters of the short story, alongside Alexander Pushkin, Prosper M rim e, E T A Hoffmann, and Nathaniel Hawthorne He was in touch with the literary aristocracy , and was taken up by Vasily Zhukovsky and Pyotr Pletnyov, and in 1831 was introduced to Pushkin.In 1831, he brought out the first volume of his Ukrainian stories Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka , which met with immediate success He followed it in 1832 with a second volume, and in 1835 by two volumes of stories entitled Mirgorod, as well as by two volumes of miscellaneous prose entitled Arabesques At this time, Gogol developed a passion for Ukrainian history and tried to obtain an appointment to the history department at Kiev University His fictional story Taras Bulba, based on the history of Ukrainian cossacks, was the result of this phase in his interests Between 1832 and 1836 Gogol worked with great energy, though almost all his work has in one way or another its sources in his four years of contact with Pushkin Only after the presentation, on 19 April 1836, of his comedy The Government Inspector Revizor that he finally came to believe in his literary vocation.From 1836 to 1848 he lived abroad, travelling throughout Germany and Switzerland, as well as spending the winter of 1836 1837 in Paris.Pushkin s death produced a strong impression on Gogol His principal work during years following Pushkin s death was the satirical epic Dead Souls Concurrently, he worked at other tasks recast Taras Bulba and The Portrait, completed his second comedy, Marriage Zhenitba , wrote the fragment Rome and his most famous short story, The Overcoat.After the triumph of Dead Souls, Gogol came to be regarded as a great satirist who lampooned the unseemly sides of Imperial Russia However, Dead Souls was but the first part of a counterpart to The Divine Comedy The first part represented the Inferno the second part was to depict the gradual purification and transformation of the rogue Chichikov under the influence of virtuous publicans and governors Purgatory.His last years were spent in restless movement throughout the country He intensified his relationship with a church elder, Matvey Konstantinovsky He seems to have strengthened in Gogol the fear of perdition by insisting on the sinfulness of all his imaginative work His health was undermined by exaggerated ascetic practices and he fell into a state of deep depression On the night of 24 February 1852, he burned some of his manuscripts, which contained most of the second part of Dead Souls He explained this as a mistake, a practical joke played on him by the Devil Soon thereafter he

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    1. No existe g nero literario que Nik lai G gol no haya abordado con maestr a Todo lo hac a bien Incursion en la narrativa de la novela, que alcanz su punto consagratorio con Almas Muertas , escribi obras de teatro como su genial obra rebosante de s tira que se llam El Inspector , escribi una novela hist rica ambientada en la poca de la los cosacos, conocida como Tar s Bulba y muy especialmente escribi todo tipo de cuentos, que adem s ten an las caracter sticas m s variadas desde el absurdo extremo [...]




    2. Av ndu i ob r ia n folclorul rusesc, Gogol sus in nd chiar c nu a modificat o cu nimic, ci a transupus o a a cum a auzit o la randur i, Vii este un basm ce are ca tematic percep ia omului asupra lumii c nd realitatea sa imediat este influen at de diferi i factori care inoculeaz frica Trec nd ns peste aceast remarc , ce nu se impune, fiind doar o arogan filosofic , Vii r m ne doar o proz superficial n materile de literatur universal Poate ru ii o recepteaz altfel, la fel cum un alt efect are Moar [...]


    3. Is there something Gogol couldn t write I m starting to doubt it I ve read his absurd comedies, I ve read into Taras Bulba and now I read the Vij a horror story Yes, an actual horror story, and Gogol mastered it perfectly The story s quite short, so I ll just summarise the plot by saying that a young philosopher travels to a small city where he lives in a guesthouse, however the landlady turns out to be a witch and rides him, on his shoulder, through the night, as if she was possessing him Final [...]


    4. It is strange how I can read Horror novels or a Thriller and be not impressed at all, and then I decide to re read this short tale at day time and I find myself being so freaked out that I can t fall asleep Usually I don t mind the dead very much, or ghost or evil spirits, but the ones from this tale get under my skin every single time Maybe it is the simple write style, maybe it is the eerie atmosphere that is established from the very beginning, I honestly don t know, but every time I read thi [...]


    5. First time I heard The Viy read to me by my granddad when I couldn t read yet I read it several times when I was a schoolboy Last time I read it about seven years ago A sudden silence followed the howling of wolves was heard in the distance, and soon heavy footsteps resounded through the church Thomas looked up furtively and saw that an ungainly human figure with crooked legs was being led into the church He was quite covered with black soil, and his hands and feet resembled knotted roots He tro [...]



    6. Vasilii Gippius wrote that the main theme of Gogol s works is the intrusion of demonic forces into human life and human struggle with them This struggle is particularly evident in Viy, where it is illustrated through Khoma s struggling with the witch This story suggests that it is through fear that demonic forces fulfill their goal of controlling and destroying human life The witch in Viy is the principal manifestation of demonic forces Her demonic nature is suggested not only by her preternatur [...]


    7. Viy is a story written by Nikolai Gogol which is most often classified as horror I m not sure I necessarily agree with that classification, although it does feature a bumbling main character who comes to a sticky end at the hands of a bloodsucking witch and a horde of other demonic creatures Gogol himself styled it as a folk tale re telling.The titular Viy is a creture of Ukrainian folklore, a demon in the form of an old man with his eyelids and brows reaching down to the ground If the eyelids a [...]


    8. This is a great short story and I would recommend it to anyone.Find it for free, with a few typos, here ebookselaide g gogo



    9. A classical creepy short story.Wanted to read this classic since I ve seen the Viy 2015 horror movie as you can see by the gifs and I was not disappointed at all I ve read it on my kindle in just one session, liked Gogol s style, the story and the chilling atmosphere the daughter of a russian colonel, thought being a vampire by villagers, asks before passing that young philosophe Thomas Brutus pray near her coffin for 3 nights they are going to be three real long nights for the poor seminarist A [...]


    10. The story started out in a silly, almost satirical way It gets even goofier a little further on, but once the main character gets to the village, things get REALLY creepy The thing ends with some very horrific imagery that actually mirrors those seen in modern horror films like Ringu If you are a horror fan, check this one out.


    11. Gran cuento de terror de Nikolai Gogol Viy esta basado en una leyenda popular y reune misterio y terror a partes iguales El siniestro personaje de la bruja muerta y las desventuras del muchacho que se enfrenta a ella son escalofriantes.



    12. Review in Polish below Recenzja w j zyku polskim poni ej I ve been reading it in polish, so some things can be different because of translation.As other Gogol s stories I ve read, this one I find as absolutely special and it gave me a lot of things to think about It definitely isn t an easy and undemanding reading the reader must have a will and engage into it in order to understand The beginning was very interesting to me the encounter of the sciences Theology as the winner, philosophy as the o [...]


    13. Bardzo ciekawe opowiadanie Zaczyna si niewinnie od opisu obyczaj w student w uczelni kijowskiej Wkr tce zaczynaj si wakacje i acy wyruszaj w podr Razem z narratorem ledzimy losy tr jki z nich Gubi drog , w ko cu jednak znajduj domostwo zamieszkane przez staruszk , kt ra pocz tkowo nie chce ich przyj , w ko cu jednak zgadza si Od tej pory akcja nabiera zawrotnego tempa i zostawi czytelnikom poznanie detali.Humor gogolowski, groteska, folklor ukrai ski to tylko niekt re walory opowiadania, a wszys [...]


    14. I adore Gogol He is hands down one of my all time favourite writers and this is my fave of his stories A brilliant piece of early gothic horror tied in with the quirky humour that makes Gogol s writing so addictive I was stoked to pick up a copy of Viy in its original Russian when I visited Saint Petersburg earlier this year Now if only I could read Russian Thankfully his prose translates beautifully and he remains the greatest of the Russian literary greats big call, but one a believe to be tru [...]


    15. When I started to read this book, I thought that this book is a typical horror and haven t a deep sense But after reading a few chapters, understood that it s not a horror, it s a satire with kind of Ukraine s folk Some epizodes were funny a bit, another were philosophical So, I recommend this book to everyone, because ,firstly, it has a sense, secondly, it s Gogol









    16. What the Seriously, I am feeling like nothing right now Thumbs up from meFinally a Russian horror classic fiction and guess what, it totally fulfilled my expectations about what kind of horror I want to read For the long time I was really looking for a good Russian horror fiction and then finally I found it To be very I didn t think that this short tale could give me a huge surprise As I already read some Russian literature in near past though they were in romance genre but of course in no doubt [...]


    17. Ex librisZagreb, 2008.Sjajna fantasti na pri a s tematikom vje tica Pri a je prvi put iza la u zbrici Mirgorod 1835.Jezik je izvrstan, britak, dinami an, aljiv, ista prejebena gogolj tina Jezik je svevremenski, Gogolj u tom pogledu podsje a na Cervantesa, kada itate Gogolja ili Cervantesa imate osje aj da je tekst napisan danas, a ne prije par stotina godina Jezik je najbolja komponenta ove kratke pri e.Radnja prati trojicu aka koji, u potrazi za hranom i pi em, nailaze na usamljenu kolibu gdje [...]


    18. So I thought Viy maybe was the source for the name of the road, The Vy, in the Grisha trilogy or the inspiration for the wolf like creatures, the vye, in The Tapestry series After reading this story it s definitely not either of those A viy is a creature from folklore but not anything like a wolf.Actually this was an unexpected horror story It was alright starting out, but then got really creepy once the philosopher started reading in the chapel There is also a movie based on the story I ll be w [...]


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