November 15, at 9: I would like to suppose that the old man with wings is representing a divine creature as I interpret. Most people will never believe in something unless they can see it. Never being able to see God leads most people to turn a blind eye to any god at all.
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Disdained by the authorities, to whom he duly protests, the poor fellow dies, after which his ghost continues to search vainly for justice. The actual Gogol, a religious obsessive, never married, and deliberately starved himself to death at forty-three or so, after burning his unpublished manuscripts.
Much in love with his wife, in one of her forms or another, Gogol enjoys sexual relations with her, and bestows upon her the name Caracas, after the capital of Venezuela, for reasons known only to the mad writer.
For some years, all goes well, until Gogol contracts syphilis, which he rather unfairly blames upon Caracas. Ambivalence towards his silent wife gains steadily in Gogol through the years. He accuses Caracas of self-gratification, and even betrayal, so that she becomes bitter and excessively religious.
Finally, the enraged Gogol pumps too much air into Caracas quite deliberately until she bursts and scatters into the air. Collecting the remnants of Madame Gogol, the great writer burns them in the fireplace, where they share the fate of his unpublished works. Into the same fire, Gogol casts also a rubber doll, the son of 10 Caracas.
She is as likely a paramour as Gogol could ever have discovered or invented for himself. His creative output is also impressive for its diversity in various genres. Gogol wrote poems, plays, novels, short stories, essays, and tracts, with varying degrees of success in each.
And within each genre, Gogol was adept at dealing with a variety of topics and subjects. For example, his short stories move from the Ukrainian countryside to the affairs of cosmopolitan St.
Petersburg with equal skill; furthermore, his collection Arabesques is comprised of essays that discuss art, history, poetry, and even geography.
Each school of criticism claimed—and continues to claim—Gogol for its own purposes. Gogol held a particular fascination for Russian literary critics. It seems that contemporary critics have become resigned to the diversity of interpretations that are possible and view his work in a more relativistic state of mind than that of their predecessors.
And even earlier than the present critics, Nabokov wrote an essay that attempted to expose the absurdity of trying to pigeonhole Gogol into any social or political category. His parents belonged to the petty landed gentry and their ancestors were of Cossack origin. The second part of the family name, which Gogol later dropped, hints 12 at connections with Polish aristocracy.
His mother was an acutely neurotic woman who married at fourteen and had a total of five children, two boys and three girls, Gogol being the eldest.
His father seems to have held no definite occupation, but had artistic interests and wrote comedies in Ukrainian for private performances in the mansions of the local gentry. He died in when Gogol was sixteen and attending high school.
Inat age twelve, Gogol was sent to a boarding school at Nezhin where he remained for seven years. Inhe moved to St.
He found work in the city as a civil servant in the department of public buildings of the Ministry of the Interior. Although he did not last long in this position, it provided material for his later fiction. Petersburg, Gogol took a pair of teaching positions in which he could exercise his strong interest in history.
Inhe became a professor at the Patriotic Institute, a school for girls, and inhe was appointed assistant professor of history at St. Concurrent with these positions, he was becoming an established writer with a developing reputation.Dedicated to the Classic Short Stories and Novels.
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