The mantle : and other stories / by Nicholas Gogol. Translated by Claud Field and with an introd. on Gogol by Prosper Merimée Gogolʹ, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich, 1809-1852

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Gogolʹ, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich, 1809-1852
Russia - Social life and customs - Fiction.; Manners and customs.; FICTION / General.
Akakii Akakievich is a lowly government clerk in 19th- century St. Petersburg. He survives on a meager salary, is without friends, and is treated with disrespect by his fellow office workers. As winter approaches, he finds that his threadbare, much-mended overcoat can neither protect him from the cold nor be further repaired. By extreme scrimping and saving he manages to save enough money for a new, warm coat. The first day he wears the new coat, everyone at the office notices, and one of his supervisors proposes a party that evening, in part to celebrate Akakii's acquisition. As Akakii is walking home from the party he is attacked by thieves and robbed of his coat. When the police do nothing to recover his lost possession, Akakii seeks help from a high-ranking official in the bureaucracy, but he severely reprimands Akakii for his audacity. Dazed at the harsh treatment, Akakii wanders home, becomes ill and delirous, talking confusedly about a new greatcoat, and dies within days.
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