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February 21, 2014

Gogol’s Last Days, Lost “Nose”

Nikolai Gogol    (1809 - 1852)

Nikolai Gogol
(1809 – 1852)

by Steve King

On this day in 1852 Nikolai Gogol died at the age of forty-two. His unique style is a comic-tragic-absurd hybrid which has led to him being labeled the Hieronymous Bosch of Russian Literature. Having come under the sway of a fanatical priest late in life, and then been subjected to the treatments of several quack doctors, Gogol’s last days mirrored one of his bizarre stories all too closely.

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