The portraits of all landowners are brilliant caricatures and grotesques – in each of them one certain quality of their character is exaggerated to extreme. Therefore, the Dead Souls
are often staged in the theatres and cinematized – all the characters in the book are very "theatrical" and it is interesting for actors to embody them.
While working on the second part of the Dead Souls
, Gogol had a serious depression. He turned to spiritual literature and mystical texts, and he wanted to become a monk. At that time, Gogol lost almost all his friends, as it became very hard to communicate with the writer. It seems that Gogol suffered a mental breakdown - he burned almost all of his remaining manuscripts, including the second part of the Dead Souls
, which was almost finished, and died after prolonged starvation and seclusion.
This is a very insight into Gogol's works, but I hope that it will help you to find out more about this mysterious man, who influenced so many Russian writers who followed him. Gogol's creative heritage is very versatile and I am sure that you will find in it something to read on cosy evenings at home!
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! We will be happy to share our suggestions with you or design a literary tour for you.Text Alexandra Lyukina