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The Squabble

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The Squabble

By Nikolai Vasil'evich Gogol; Hugh Aplin (Translator); Patrick McCabe (Foreword by)

Hesperus Press, Paperback, 9781843910138, 119pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2002

Description

Nikolai Gogol’s short story is a sublime work of tragi-comedy. In it, he brilliantly ridicules the Ukrainian passion for litigation and reveals life as something really rather absurd. Ivan Ivanovich and Ivan Nikiforovich are the greatest of friendsuntil the day they begin a foolish quarrel that culminates in that very worst of insults: And you, Ivan Ivanovich, are a goose.” From that moment on, not another word is spoken between them as they choose instead to fight out their differences in the courts. But it seems theirs is a lawsuit that is set to run for years and years.