With the publication of "The Overcoat" in 1842, Nicolai Gogol (1809–1852) inaugurated a new chapter in Russian literature, in which the underdog and social misfit is treated not as a figure of fun or an object of charity, but as a human being with as much right to happiness as anybody else.... read more
“from Ivan Fyodorovich Shopnka and His Aunt -At the same moment a short old women,looking exactly like a coffee pot in a cap*****.Having come up close to Shopnka he threw his arms around him and kissed him first on the right cheek then on the left, and then on the right cheek again. Shopnka liked this greeting very muchfor his lips recieived the stranger's huge cheeks as thought hey were cushions”
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