The Old World Landowners

Sevenov September 2, 2022

The Old World Landowners by Nikolai Gogol

Author: Nikolai Gogol | Published: 1835

The Old World Landowners Synopsis


I am very fond of the modest life of those isolated owners of distant villages, which are usually called “old-fashioned” in Little Russia, and which, like ruinous and picturesque houses, are beautiful through their simplicity and complete contrast to a new, regular building, whose walls the rain has never yet washed, whose roof is not yet covered with mould, and whose porch, undeprived of its stucco, does not yet show its red bricks. I love sometimes to enter for a moment the sphere of this unusually isolated life, where no wish flies beyond the palings surrounding the little yard, beyond the hedge of the garden filled with apples and plums, beyond the izbás of the village surrounding it, having on one side, shaded by willows, elder-bushes and pear-trees. The life of the modest owners is so quiet, so quiet, that you forget yourself for a moment, and think that the passions, wishes, and the uneasy offspring of the Evil One, which keep the world in an uproar, do not exist at all, and that you have only beheld them in some brilliant, dazzling vision.

About Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol was a Russian writer of the 19th century who created works of fiction and plays that are considered influential to this day. He is known for his unique style, which combined folkloric elements with social criticism. His most famous works include short stories like "The Nose" and "The Overcoat", as well as the novel Dead Souls. Other significant works include the play The Government Inspector and the collections Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka and Mirgorod.

Gogol's writing often satirizes aspects of life in Russia at the time, such as bureaucracy, government corruption, and superstition. His work also looks into universal themes such as identity and mortality, incorporating supernatural elements along with realism to explore these topics further. Find out more about Nikolai Gogol at

Nikolai Gogol's Books on PageVio

Short Stories: The Fair at Sorochyntsi | St. John's Eve | May Night, or the Drowned Maiden | The Lost Letter: A Tale Told by the Sexton of the N...Church | The Night Before Christmas | A Terrible Vengeance | Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and His Aunt | A Bewitched Place | The Old World Landowners | The Viy | How the Two Ivans Quarrelled | The Mysterious Portrait | Nevsky Prospekt | Diary of a Madman | The Nose | The Carriage | The Overcoat

Here's a full list of Nikolai Gogol's books.

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