Gogol about Myrhorod

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Gogol Street, Myrhorod, Ukraine
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Gogol about Myrhorod - A bird's eye view of Myrhorod
Gogol about Myrhorod - A bird's eye view of Myrhorod
Gogol about Myrhorod - A bird's eye view of Myrhorod

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The Great Genius about this city Mar 10, 2017
"The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich" (written in 1835), also known in English as The Squabble, is the final tale in the Mirgorod collection by Nickolai Gogol . It is also known as one of his most humorous stories. Nickolai Gogol gave a colorful descrption of Myrhorod in this tale (my translation):

"What a wonderful city Mirgorod is! What diverse buildings it has! They are with thatched roofs, and with cane roofs, even with wooden roofs; a street to the right, a street to the left, everywhere you see a beautiful fence; the hop winds above the fence, pots are hanging on the fence, you see a sunflower showing its sun-shaped head from behind the fence, you see a red poppy, here and there there are thick pumpkins... It’s a luxury! The fence is always adorned with items that make it even more beautiful: a lady’s embroidered belt or a shirt or trousers.There is no theft, no fraud in Mirgorod, and therefore everyone hangs on the fence what they want. If you are approaching the square, it is true,you would stop for a while to admire the view: the square has a puddle, a wonderful puddle! It covers almost the entire area. It’s a lovely puddle! The houses and cottages, which can be taken for haystacks from a distance, surround the puddle, as if they marvel at the beauty of it.

But I am of the opinion that there is no better house than the district court. Whether it was made of oak wood or birch wood, I do not care; but, my good men, the house has eight windows! Eight windows in a row, right onto the square and onto the body of water, which I have already mentioned and which the mayor calls the lake! Only this house is painted the color of granite: all other houses in Mirgorod are simply whitewashed. Its roof is all made of wood, and it would have even been painted with vermilion, if the stationery oil, with onion seasoning, had not been eaten, which was, as if on purpose, during the Lent, and the roof was left unpainted. A porch stands out to the square, chickens often run on this porch, because almost always there is scattered cereal or something to eat on the porch, which, however, is not done on purpose, but only from the negligence of the visitors."

Nikolai Gogol glorified Myrhorod by publishing his Mirgorod collection of stories in 1835. The collection is a cycle of four stories, divided into two volumes:

Part One: "Old World Landowners" and "Taras Bulba".

Part Two: "The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich" and "Viy".

Viy in the East Slavic mythology is a character from the underworld, whose gaze kills. His eyes are usually covered with huge eyelids and eyelashes that he cannot lift without assistance.

“Viy is a colossal creation of simple folk's imagination, - wrote Nikolai Gogol in a footnote to his story, - Ukrainians used this word to name the chief of the dwarves, whose eyelids on the eyes go down to the ground. This whole story is a popular legend. I did not want to change it in any way, and I relate it in almost the same ease as I heard it. "

Mirgorod collection of tales has no cheerful storyteller, who is able to present a living picture of the poetic side of people's life. Here we see a serious and thoughtful artist, whose laughter and tears are derived from a deep understanding of life and, as a result, are often so close to each other that you do not know where laughter ends and where the tears begin.
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