The Viy

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The Viy by Nikolai Gogol

Author: Nikolai Gogol | Published: 1835

The Viy Synopsis


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 quarrelled 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.

About Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol is one of the great authors and playwrights of 19th-century Russia. Born in 1809 in Ukraine, Gogol wrote darkly humorous works that satirized Russian life and culture. He was known for his complex narrative style, which drew heavily on fantasy elements as well as a wide range of folk tales from across Europe. His most famous work includes the novel Dead Souls, the play The Government Inspector, and the short story collection Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka.

Gogol's works have been translated into more than 50 languages, making him one of the most widely read authors in history. His influence extends to modern literature; his ideas influenced later writers such as Fyodor Dostoevsky and Vladimir Nabokov. 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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