One thing that should be said about the man:
He IS Russian Literature.
All the rest stood in his shadows and that of the Germans.
Every epoch and culture emerges from the words of its most original voice. Russia's was Gogol.
All I can say is that he was a product of his time period. His mother was of Polish origin and his father from an old Ukrainian Kozak family. He grew up in Ukraine. But at the time his part of Ukraine was part of the oppresive Russian Empire. he grew up in a Ukrainian-speaking home and this is evident in his early works which deal with Ukrainian themes and places.
Have you read his early works in Russian? Many editions have footnotes with references to Ukrainian folklore, traditions or origin of a few words.
I was going to make a smarmy joke about Gogol and the Ukraine a double slap to the Ukraine and Russia. In my first post.
I don't read a lick of Russian. But I have read Gogol and as much of Russian Literature as critically as you can in English and German for how it informed German-Austro-Hungarian literature.
I just have to say everyone cheers Dostoevsky like some genius, I ain't so sure, but Gogol for my money was a singular voice. But this is all in English and German translation and analysis in English, German, and very little French.
I really hate socio-political stuff really. But if you want to get critical let's give
Ukraine Gogol. //:=) That was for you Liza.
And let the Russians eat cake. Cause really everything else is Gogol and Germany with a touch of the French in Russian lit. from what I've seen.
Again I hate the fighting over the past, I really ain't into any history that much, but I'll change my statement:
He IS Ukrainian Literature.
All of Russia's literature stands in his shadows and that of the Germans.
Every epoch and culture emerges from the words of its most original voice. Ukraine's was Gogol. He taught the Russians to speak Ukrainian and to speak only Ukrainian.