Under the Overcoat

Divided Soul: The Life of Gogol

by Henri Troyat, translated by Nancy Amphoux
“We all came out of Gogol’s ‘Overcoat,”‘ the most famous apocryphal saying of Russian literature, is attributed to Dostoevsky. It suggests not only that Gogol was the great source of the Russian novel but that his works lent themselves to a wide enough range of interpretations for his overcoat to …