First published in volume 2 of the collection Mirgorod  (1835). This publication features new artwork by Jakob Grim.

The Viy

As soon as the clear seminary bell began sounding in Kieff in the morning, the pupils would come flocking from all parts of the town. The students of grammar, rhetoric, philosophy, and theology hastened with their books under their arms over the streets.

The “grammarians” were still mere boys. On the way they pushed against each other and quarreled with shrill voices. Nearly all of them wore torn or dirty clothes, and their pockets were always crammed with all kinds of things—push-bones, pipes made out of pens, remains of confectionery, and sometimes even young sparrows. The latter would sometimes begin to chirp in the midst of deep silence in the school, and bring down on their possessors severe canings and thrashings. […]


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Nikolai Gogol
Nikolai Gogol
Nikolai Gogol was a Ukrainian-born Russian writer who is considered one of the greatest representatives of Russian realism and a forerunner of surrealism. He is best known for his short stories, such as "The Nose" and "The Overcoat", as well as his novel "Dead Souls". His works often portrayed the absurdities and social injustices of imperial Russia, and his unique blend of humor and satire earned him a reputation as a master of the grotesque. Gogol's impact on Russian literature and culture has been immense, and his works continue to be widely read and studied today.
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