• Created by:
    Petar Mrkonjić
  • City & Country :
    Zagreb - Croatia
  • School Name:
    Hotelijersko-turisticka skola u Zagrebu - Zagreb
  • Book author:
    Nikolay Gogol
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  • Book publisher:
    Bulaja naklada
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The Overcoat / Kabanica is a short story by Ukrainian-born Russian author Nikolai Gogol, published in 1842.

The main character, Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin, was not a man who was particularly noticeable. He worked in a department in Petrograd as a scrivener and he loved his job and performed it with great pleasure. Akaky Akakievich did not particularly associate with anyone, no one paid attention to him and was often the subject of laughter because he did not care about the style of dress. Among other things, he was mostly mocked because he was already wearing an old overcoat. The overcoat was already so old and worn out that it leaked water everywhere. The sticher offered him to sew his coat but Akaky did not know how to assemble eighty rubles. Part of the money was saved by renouncing everyday, ordinary things - dishes, candles, heating, and the other part he received as a reward at work.

When the overcoat was finally over, his happiness was overjoyed. The young clerks Immediately looked at him at work differently, and one of them invited him to celebrate his new overcoat. But there was an accident. When Akaky returned home after a celebration with the officer, the two attacked him and took off his coat. The landlady suggested that he announce himself to "high personality" and ask for help. When he finally went to "high personality," he did not get the expected help there. He was deeply embarrassed. After theft and discomfort he became ill and died. The rumors began to circulate about the spirit that steals coats. And so, one night, a "high personality" walked down the street when he suddenly felt that somebody took off his coat. He turned to see who was it, and then he saw the ghost of dead Akaky. The ghost told him that since he did not want to take up for him and his coat, he would now give him his own.