The Backstory Of Nikolai Gogol:

"According to Vissarion Belinsky and Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Gogol became the founder of the literary direction — the main stage of the "Natural school" of the 1840s and had a huge influence on Russian and world literature. Gogol's influence on his work was recognized by Mikhail Bulgakov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Flannery O'Connor, Franz Kafka and others."

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