Still More Gogol

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Still More Gogol


It is early in the 18th century. Cartographer Jonathan Green is traveling east through Europe when he stumbles into a remote village surrounded by impenetrable forests and inexplicable evil. The action plays out over three terrifying nights in this, director Oleg Stepchenko's new film based on Gogol's horror classic Viy. The film (left) is set for release to Russian theaters in early March. Could this be part of a Gogolian cinematic wave? A film based on Gogol's Cossack novel, Taras Bulba, was released last year by director Vladimir Bortko.

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Google "Gogol" and the first page of results will be split between references to the nineteenth century author and the popular band Gogol Bordello. Founded by Eugene Hutz in 1998 after a fortuitous meeting at a Russian wedding in Burlington, Vermont (nota bene!), the "gypsy punk" band has skyrocketed to national and international fame (spurred as well by Hutz's role in the 2005 film, Everything is Illuminated). In 2008, Gogol Bordello took its tour to Moscow.

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There are not many Gogol addresses in Moscow, a city that the writer called his "homeland" in 1841. One of them is Nikitsky boulevard 7A, where Gogol lived from 1848 to 1852, after coming back from abroad, and where he perished (above, the 1909 Moscow monument to Gogol by Nikolai Andreyev that stands in the courtyard). …

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