By Vladimir Nabokov
From Amazon: "Nikolai Gogol was once the main idiosyncratic of the good Russian novelists of the nineteenth century and lived a tragically brief lifestyles which was once as chaotic because the lives of the characters he created. This biography starts off with Gogol's dying and ends along with his start, an inverted constitution standard of either Gogol and Nabokov. The biographer proceeds to set up the connection among Gogol and his novels, in particular in regards to "nose-consciousness", a unusual characteristic of Russian existence and letters, which unearths its apotheosis in Gogol's personal existence and prose. There are extra expressions and proverbs in regards to the nostril in Russian than in the other language on the planet. Nabokov's variety during this biography is comedian, yet as constantly ends up in critical issues—in this example, an appreciation of the detailed "sense of the physical" inherent in Gogol's paintings. Nabokov describes how Gogol's lifestyles and literature mingled, and explains the constitution and elegance of Gogol's prose when it comes to the novelist's life."