There is a surprising diversity of architectural styles
on Gogolya Street. Classicism Gothic, Renaissance, and
street was originally named Nadejdinskaya. Before
the Soviet Revolution, it was renamed in honor of
the great Russian author Gogol.
visited Odessa twice, and both times he resided on
this street, at both number 11 and 15 (See below).
wrote the second section of "Dead Souls".
The first section was written mostly when he periodically
lived in Rome during the late 1830s and early 1840s.
Part two was written between 1842-1852, but while
visiting Jerusalem in 1848 he was persuaded by a religious
figure that he should destroy the manuscript, which
he did in 1852. Gogol
planned a third part of "Dead Souls", but
it was never written.
"Dead Souls" is a tragic book that mocks
the stupidity and inefficiency of the czarist government.
Its revolutionary ideas feed fire to an already increasingly
angry and discontent public frustrated at czarist
often visited the Rishelieu institute and attended
the theater. Gogol
met the famous poet in 1831, and Pushkin
gave him the idea for his comedy "The Inspector
General". The play was finished in 1835 and published
in 1836. Gogol
helped produce it for theater, where it was performed
on stage with Czar Nicolas I in attendance. The drama
mocked the wrongs of government officials. Gogol
defended it from critics by claiming that even misguided
bureaucratic officials were capable of altering their
behavior and actions. Nevertheless, the criticism
leveled against him caused Gogol
to leave Russia and reside abroad for more than ten