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Russian Literature and The Absurd

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posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 02:01 PM
Hey y'all. I wanted to get some thoughts on this topic and was hoping someone here might have something to say.

Specifically in reference to Gogol's "The Nose" and Bulgakov's "Heart of a Dog," what do you think are the key elements of absurdity in these stories and Russian Lit in general?
Would you say Gogol is the father of Russian absurdity in literature, or do you think someone else pioneered the genre before him?
Do you think Bulgakov was influenced by Gogol? How so?
In what ways do Heart of a Dog and The Nose converge?

Some of these may be leading questions, sorry about that. If you have read one or both of these works, or other things relating to the absurd in Russian Literature, please share your thoughts!

Looking forward to hearing what y'all have to say


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