Rounding out the collection are the woefully comic tale of a clerks acquisition of The Overcoat and the celebrated novella Taras Bulba about the Ukrainian mythic hero said to have led a bloody Cossack revolt against the Poles. This sampling of Gogols works includes the increasingly fantastic entries of THE DIARY OF A MADMAN followed by the wonderfully surrealistic The Nose, in which the title character embarks on some unlikely activities when separated from its owners face. Some call him a Russian Mark Twain. In The Carriage, a pompous landowner gets his comeuppance when he attempts to impress a general. And with his special blend of comedy, social commentary, and fantasy, Nikolai Gogol paved the way for his countrymen Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.