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April 1, for Gogol too
« on: April 07, 2009, 01:43:12 AM »
April 1, 2009 was the 200th anniversary of Russian writer Gogol.
He wrote such classics as "The Nose" which is also a wall monument in the shape of a nose in St. Petersburg.

Tourists are less familiar with Gogol than with Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, but he is widely read and appreciated today even by young readers.

The nose is the story in which a man's nose runs away from him, and when it meets up with him later it is wearing a general's uniform. The nose reminds the man that he is only a mayor, and as such, he could have nothing in common with a general. If Western politicians and political analysts had read that and other Gogol stories, they would have a better understanding of what is happening in Russia now.

"The Nose," "The Overcoat," "Dead Souls," "The Inspector" -- open any of Gogol's books and you will be confronted with the same thing that we see in today's Russia: corruption, abuses of power by the police and the courts, lies and mutual deceit. Ordinary citizens are browbeaten, intimidated, humiliated and deprived of their rights. The petty officer's widow who flogged herself. The judge who accepts greyhound puppies as a bribe. The merchants who complain about the city chief who takes larger bribes than are justified by his rank while themselves handing out gifts to the authorities to whom they appeal for aid.

Gogol wrote in the last lines of the first volume of his book "Dead Souls," Russia is heading somewhere, but nobody knows where, and is "overtaking the whole world, and shall one day force all nations, all empires to stand aside, to give you way!"

Some of this information comes from The Moscow Times where you can read more:

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