Gogol and Hollywood Compared
I have read Gogol’s Dead Souls, and I have watched The Apartment - both humorous social satire, and Hollywood falls so short a comparison is not even possible.
Some of you may conclude from this that I am a snob that looks down on popular culture. I will not defend myself from this charge – how can I?
I only hope you can pick of the new translation by the New York Review of Books, and see what really clever social satire – and 19th Century Ukrainian/Russian comedy – is like.
It’s something else.