Definitions

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  • adj. Of or relating to Nikolai Gogol or his works.

Etymologies

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After Russian-Empire writer Nikolai Gogol (1809–52).

Examples

  • In his little book on Gogol, Nabokov writes of Gogolian metaphors in which a whole distracting world is contained, perhaps a sign of the immense influence of "Tristram Shandy," with its perpetual digressions, on Russian literature.

    John Cheever's Cruel Paradoxes

  • Kirkus, (starred review) "Thank God ... for Vladimir Sorokin, whose Ice is in the exalted tradition of Gogolian satire — unblinking, pitch-black, directed at ideas and tendencies rather than at people, and reliant on the kind of humor that makes you laugh wearily while holding a razor blade to your wrist." —

    Vladimir Sorokin to visit the US

  • The glut of allusion ranges from the merely learned ( "another Gogolian canard") to the downright professorial ( "like the golden nail in the flea's shoe in the story by Leskov").

    Documents and Disorder

  • The U.N. bureaucracy is a Gogolian monster with 65,000 employees and a budget of $2.6 billion a year.

    The Last Thing Iraqis Need

  • On Pevear and Volokhonsky's imperfections, see this review by Gary Saul Morson of their version of Gogol:But Gogol's most Gogolian punishment, something his paltry demons might have conjured up, has been his translators, who have almost always been pedantic and humorless.

    languagehat.com: CHEKHOV.

  • In the town you are misunderstood and there is nobody to understand you, because, as you know, it is full of Gogolian pig-faces.

    The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories

  • Hranush Hakobyan attended Gogolian college and Babayan kindergarten in Canada.

    Armenian News - PanARMENIAN.Net

  • Armenian Minister of Diaspora Affairs Hranush Hakobyan participated in events dedicated to 30th anniversary of establishment of Gogolian college and Babayan kindergarten in Canada.

    Armenian News - PanARMENIAN.Net

  • The flow of words through time here becomes a building constructed from the building blocks of Gogol’s language: columns representing repetition; “rupture” as a sagging block between columns; decoration above the central portal provided by “parenthesis” and “exclamation,” a scalloped roof spelling out the devices that keep the Gogolian period moving: “when…when…then…then…”–all topped off by a spire of “hyperbole.”

    World Building | Goblin Mercantile Exchange

  • One of Belyi’s most striking illustrations from a book called Gogol's Craftsmanship, in fact, is a picture of a typical Gogolian sentence, which is transformed into an architectural structure, a temple.

    2006 September | Goblin Mercantile Exchange

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