Taras Bulba
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Taras Bulba

By Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Gogolʹ
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Book Description

Taras Bulba is a magnificent story portraying the life of the Ukrainian Cossacks who lived by the Dnieper River in the sixteenth century. Taras Bulba is an old and hardened warrior who feels a little rusty from lack of action. When his two sons return from school at Kiev, he eagerly takes them to the "setch," the camping and training island of the Cossacks. There they spend their time drinking and remembering old glories. It happens, however, that the Cossacks are going through an uneasy truce with their Turkish hegemones and the Tartar horsemen. Taras Bulba, always the warmonger, harangues the Cossacks, engineers a change in leadership, and leads them to attack the Catholic Poles. The Cossacks ride West, destroying everything they meet with extraordinary brutality. Finally, they lay siege to a walled city, but Andrew, Taras's younger son, discovers that the woman he loves is inside. A masterful and brutal story of the horrors of war. Newly designed and typeset in a modern 6-by-9-inch format by Waking Lion Press.

Table of Contents
  • TARAS BULBA AND OTHER TALES
  • Introduction by John Cournos
  • INTRODUCTION
  • TARAS BULBA
  • CHAPTER I
  • CHAPTER II
  • CHAPTER III
  • CHAPTER IV
  • CHAPTER V
  • CHAPTER VI
  • CHAPTER VII
  • CHAPTER VIII
  • CHAPTER IX
  • CHAPTER X
  • CHAPTER XI
  • CHAPTER XII
  • ST. JOHN'S EVE
    • A STORY TOLD BY THE SACRISTAN OF THE DIKANKA CHURCH
  • THE CLOAK
  • HOW THE TWO IVANS QUARRELLED
  • CHAPTER I
    • IVAN IVANOVITCH AND IVAN NIKIFOROVITCH
  • CHAPTER II
  • CHAPTER III
    • WHAT TOOK PLACE AFTER IVAN IVANOVITCH'S QUARREL WITH IVAN NIKIFOROVITCH
  • CHAPTER IV
    • WHAT TOOK PLACE BEFORE THE DISTRICT JUDGE OF MIRGOROD
  • CHAPTER V
  • CHAPTER VI
    • FROM WHICH THE READER CAN EASILY DISCOVER WHAT IS CONTAINED IN IT
  • CHAPTER VII
    • HOW A RECONCILIATION WAS SOUGHT TO BE EFFECTED AND A LAW SUIT ENSUED
  • THE MYSTERIOUS PORTRAIT
  • PART I
  • PART II
  • THE CALASH
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