In his attempt to find firm ground in the Gogolian
countryside, one of Gogol's most discerning readers, Yuri Mann, suggests that after Scott, Gogol draws borders that signify "the opposition or, rather, differentiation of the present from the past." (22) Mann's own illustrations do indeed betray a certain similarity to Scott's temporal slices.
See also Julian Berengaut, The Estate of Wormwood and Honey (Washington, DC: Russian Estate Books, 2012), for a rather Gogolian
take on the early 19th-century Russian gentry household written by a former International Monetary Fund area specialist.
She is described in almost Gogolian
fashion as the sum of the places she does not occupy, the qualities she does not possess: she is, for instance, not Mme.
"Dead Souls, The Sequels: Gogolian
Influences in the Work of Andrei Makine / Gabriel Osmonde." Symposion: A Journal of Russian Thought 16-17 (2011-2012): 31-49.
His other fictions tap a Gogolian
vein of grotesque humour, combining social satire with Gothic motifs (such as Heart of a Dog (1925), in which a Frankenstein-like scientist inadvertently creates a new human being after transplanting organs from a dead man into a live dog).
Gary Shteyngart is a melancholy Russian, a wandering Jew, an unassimilated American, a Swiftian satirist and a Gogolian
The memoir contains wonderful character sketches of the people he met on his trips: his dowdy hostess Mariana, who pesters him about the value of her silverware; the gnomish Khrustalyov, a Gogolian
"little man" who had worked all his life in utter obscurity collecting documents about the last days of the Romanovs; and the shifty FSB bureaucrats Brent visits at the Lubyanka ("the tallest building in Moscow because you could see Siberia from its basement").
Without going into detail about the interesting loop Dieter's patrimony traces from English literature to Russian literature and finally to American literature, let me say that this Sternian, Gogolian
, and Dostoevskian heritage gives Mailer a tremendously flexible and versatile narrative stance that enables him, as does Gogol's narrator in "The Overcoat," to know all kinds of details and minutiae about large and small events and also to claim no knowledge whatsoever about others.
The author's Orwellian criticism of the political system is written in the language of Gogolian
However, precisely insofar as it is, above all, a work of art, Rome represents, ironically, its Gogolian
opposite: artificial, sensuous, luxurious, it constitutes "an affront to American nature worship" and embodies "the distilled essence ...
The opening essay of the second volume is a tour de force of scholarship by Neil Cornwell on' The Absurd in Gogol and Gogol Criticism', a piece which combines an erudite overview of its theme with an effortless sub-Gogolian manner in its writing, replete with parentheses (other authors too achieve some deft Gogolian
As opposed to the sense of integration among the characters in "Ballad" in their morally righteous struggle against an enemy which comes to kill and destroy life, in "Thief" we have in the center a Gogolian
criminal whose ceaseless flight from authority leaves him outside the stratified social structure both of the privileged few and the poor Soviet masses.