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  • Gogol, Nikolai Vasilievich 1809-1852. Russian writer considered the founder of realism in Russian literature. His works include the story "The Overcoat” (1842) and the novel Dead Souls (1842).

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  • proper n. A Russian and Ukrainian surname.

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  • n. The Russian name of the golden-eyed duck.

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  • n. Russian writer who introduced realism to Russian literature (1809-1852)


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From Russian Гоголь (Gógol’) and Ukrainian Гоголь (Hóhol’). The surname is from Ukrainian гоголь (hóhól’, "common goldeneye, Bucephala clangula") < Proto-Slavic *gogolĭ.


  • The title of Gogol's classic "Dead Souls" refers indirectly to the deadened soul of Russia itself.

    Russia's Dead Soul

  • If one can like surrealism and ludic games in Gogol, then one should be able to appreciate the same in a good contemporary writer.

    James Wood on his Criticism and Critics

  • When his son Gogol is born, Ashoke thinks, Being rescued from that shattered train had been the first miracle of his life.

    The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri: Questions

  • When Gogol is born, the Gangulis meet other Bengali families with small children, and Ashima finds with the new baby that "perfect strangers, all Americans, suddenly take notice of her, smiling, congratulating her for what she's done."

    The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri: Questions

  • The man once known as Gogol said nothing, but the movements of his hands and feet were like those of a man urging a horse to renewed efforts.

    The Pursuit of the President

  • The man called Gogol, who had hardly spoken through all their weary travels, suddenly threw up his hands like a lost spirit.

    The Man Who Was Thursday

  • At a meeting with members of his Yedinaya Rossiya party on April 1, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called Gogol "an outstanding Russian writer, whose work inseparably ties two brother nations - Russia and Ukraine."

    News on

  • Briefly put, he saw the movement taking shape after World War I in such figures as Kafka and the painter Giorgio di Chirico, with influential ancestors such as Gogol, Poe, Melville and Strindberg.

    Remedios The Beauty Is Alive And Well

  • Russian writers such as Gogol as the “natural school”


  • It is difficult to praise 'Gogol's Wife' too highly.

    Gogol's Grandson


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