Russia and Ukraine argue about Gogol

On the 200th anniversary of literary giant Nikolay Gogol’s birth, both Russia and Ukraine lay claim to the writer

First, it was politics, then it was gas. Now the protracted antagonism between Russia and Ukraine is taking on a literary tinge, as the bickering neighbours vie for the legacy of Nikolay Gogol on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Gogol is best known for scathing satirical masterpieces about Russian society such as Dead Souls and The Nose, but he also wrote intimately about his experience of Ukrainian customs in works such as Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/31/nikolai-gogol-russia-ukraine

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