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Extremely accessible writing. Strangely I found it's style similar to current Hollywood movies which shows the modernity of Gogol's mind. His depiction of the downtrodden is humorous and keenly observed. His portrayal of a power crazy petty beurocrat rapier-like. Like the ultimately ghostly protagonist Gogol exacts his revenge on the absurd in humanity in the immortal characters he leaves behind.
Very interesting short story. It is important and worth reading due to its influence on Russian Literature, but it's also a very enjoyable read. It can most certainly be read in one sitting. Kate Shrewsday is flawless and a perfect choice for this story.
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