The Collected Stories of Gogol Nikolai Gogol. Gogol's "The Overcoat" and "The Portrait" are not to be missed. Well written and led to much discussion in our book club. "The Nose" generated a lot of discussion because of it's surrealist flair. "Memoirs of a Madman" was a fun read. If you want to read something classic, you came to the right place.