Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809 – 1852) was a Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist. His early works, such as Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, were heavily influenced by his Ukrainian upbringing and identity.
He is considered the father of modern Russian realism. His writing satirised the corrupt bureaucracy of the Russian Empire, leading to his exile. On his return, he immersed himself in the Orthodox Church. The novels Taras Bul'ba (1835) and Dead Souls (1842), the play The Inspector-General (1836, 1842), and the short stories Diary of a Madman, The Nose and The Overcoat (1842) are among his best known works. With their scrupulous and scathing realism, ethical criticism as well as philosophical depth, they remain some of the most important works of world literature.
Originally designed for The Perth Mint’s main distributor in Russia, this series is being offered worldwide in response to significant indicative interest in Russian themes.
All coins in the series Great Russian Mind:
- 2009 Gogol
- 2010 Chekhov
- 2010 Pirogov
- 2010 Tolstoy
- 2011 Lomonosov