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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Nikolai Gogol

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drunken dime January 6th, 2008 01:27 PM PST

I think Dead Souls was his only novel, so it's a good place to start. He is also famous for short stories.

The novel was unfinished, and Gogol destroyed much of what he had written a few weeks before he starved himself to death. So what's left is a tantalizing glimpse of his weird vision.

It is one of the great Russian novels, very much worth reading.

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