Gogol had a passion for needlework. Knit scarves, kroil sisters dress, weaving belt, sewed myself to summer scarves.
Writer adored miniature editions. Not loving and knowing mathematics, he wrote a mathematical encyclopedia just because it was published in the sixteenth of the sheet (10, 5 × 7, 5 cm).
Gogol loved to cook and entertain friends and dumplings dumplings. One of his favorite beverage - goat's milk, which he cooked in a special way, adding rum. This concoction he called eggnog and often laughing, said: "Gogol loves eggnog!»
Writer walked the streets and alleys are usually on the left side, so constantly faced with passers.
Gogol was very afraid of thunderstorms. According to contemporaries, bad weather acted on his weak nerves.
He was very shy. Once a company has a stranger, Gogol disappeared from the room.
Gogol often when he wrote, rolled balls of white bread. Friends, he said that it helps him to resolve the most complex problems.
In his pockets were always in Gogol sweets. Living in a hotel, he never allowed the servants take sugar served with tea, collecting it, hid, and then chewed pieces of work or conversation.
The whole life of Gogol is still an unsolved mystery. He was haunted by the mystic, and after his death, left more questions than answers. They allow you to look at creativity favorite writer with a completely different side to try to explain some contradictions and inconsistencies and see it is not an idol, but a simple, subtle and incredibly talented man.
Nikolai passionately interested in everything that falls within his field of vision. The history of his native Ukraine was for him one of the favorite studies and hobbies. It is these study has brought him to write an epic novel "Taras Bulba". It was the first time published in the collection "Mirgorod" in 1835, a copy of the magazine Gogol personally handed in the hands of Mr. Uvarov - the minister of education, in order that he gave it to Emperor Nicholas I.
In the same collection was published the most incredible and mysterious of all of Gogol's works - the story "Viy". The writer claimed that "Wii" is a folk tradition, which he allegedly heard and recorded without changing it in one word.
But what's interesting, no literary or historians or folklorists, nor the researchers nowhere and never could find neither oral nor, especially, written mention of folk legends and fairy tales that would even remotely resembled the plot of "Wii" . All this gives reason to believe the story exclusively figment of the imagination of the great writer and hoaxer.
Researchers at the life and work of Gogol inclined to think that the name "Wii" is a freestyle team from the name of the owner baked "Iron", who is a deity in Ukrainian mythology and the word "Wii", which translated from Ukrainian means "lid".
Neither contemporaries or descendants and can not explain what happened with Gogol in the last years of his life. It is believed that when in 1839 Gogol visiting Rome, he contracted malaria. Despite the fact that over time, the disease still has receded, its consequences have become fatal for the writer. Not much flour physical as complications caused by Gogol seizures, fainting, but more importantly, the vision made him a complex and lengthy recovery.
In the autumn of 1850, while in Odessa, Nikolai felt relieved. Contemporaries recall that returned to him the usual liveliness and vivacity. He returned to Moscow and seemed perfectly healthy and happy. Gogol read to friends fragments of the second volume of "Dead Souls" and was happy as a child, seeing and hearing the laughter of delight listeners. But as soon as he has finished a second volume, it seemed to him that he had been struck emptiness and hopelessness. He felt the fear of death, so what was once his father suffered.
What happened on the night of February 12, 1852, no one knows for sure. Biographers, joint titanic efforts attempted minute by minute reconstruct the events of that night, but definitely know is that before three o'clock in the morning Gogol fervently prayed. Then he picked up his briefcase, took out some sheets of paper, and all that has been left, immediately ordered to burn. Then crossed himself, and returned to bed, sobbing uncontrollably until morning. Traditionally, it is assumed that the night Gogol burned the second volume of "Dead Souls", but some biographers and historians are sure that this is far from the truth, which is unlikely, someone finds out.
Modern experts in the field of psychiatry analyzed thousands of documents and came to a conclusion quite that no mental disorder Gogol was not in sight. Perhaps he suffered from depression, and if it was applied to the right treatment, the great writer would have lived much longer.