Reading progress update: I've read 78 out of 306 pages.

The Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector, and Selected Stories (Penguin Classics) - Nikolai Gogol, Ronald Wilks, Robert A. Maguire

"How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled With Ivan Nikiforovich"

 

This story is even more hilariously absurd than the first. I laughed out loud many times, and when i wasn't laughing I was likely smiling. It's located in the same town and concerns some of the same provincial people. The story is about two long-time friends who quarrel over something ridiculous, bring legal complaints against one another, almost reconcile (the whole town is invested in their reconciliation), and wait a decade and counting for their trial to occur. There are hijinks (sows stealing legal papers; Ivan Ivanovich chopping down Nikiforovich's goose shed) and a host of quirky, amusing characters.