He said, “Mel, you should read Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, Gogol.”
He translated Beowulf into English, and I think he would have done well by Gogol.
Readers familiar with Chekhov, Gogol, Pushkin or Turgenev have already tasted some 19th-century Russian gothic literature.
Think Gogol's "Ukrainian Tales" redone by a Boy Scout who doesn't believe in magic.
Hutz plays A.K., the frontman of a band called, yes, Gogol Bordello, who earns money on the side as a male dominator.
One can understand their disgust; it is less easy to understand their surprise; for Gogol had never pretended to be a Liberal.
The success of this play was rivalled by Gogol's comedy, "The Revisor."
We shall see later that the essential characteristic of Gogol's art was his wonderful power as a teller of a story.
But Gogol's glory is not derived solely from his epopee of the Cossacks.
An understanding of Gogol's point of view gives the key to "Taras Bulba."