Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)
ph_0111207197-Leskov.jpg Nikolai Leskov Published by Salem Press, Inc.

Although Nikolai Leskov’s most memorable work was in the shorter forms of fiction, he also attempted to meet the characteristic nineteenth century demand for “major works” with two full-length novels, Nekuda (1864; no way out) and Na nozhakh (1870-1871; at daggers drawn). Recognizing that novels were not his forte, he also tried to develop a different long form, the “chronicle,” the major result of this effort being Soboriane (1872; The Cathedral Folk, 1924). Leskov also wrote one play, Rastochitel’ (1867; the spendthrift), and a large body of journalistic nonfiction.