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    Vodka and Lament: The Allure and Anguish of Russian Literature

    As a former aficionado of literature, I have long harbored a profound predilection for Russian literary works. The hallmark of Russian literature lies in its robust essence, akin to the sensation of vodka coursing down one’s throat with vigor. A nuanced interpretation of “intensity” suggests that when narratives and characters are depicted in a heightened manner, tragedy becomes profoundly poignant, and absurdity, utterly startling. For instance, in Chekhov’s “Death of a Government Clerk,” a minor official meets his demise after a mere sneeze in the presence of his superior. Similarly, Gogol portrays a dandy in “The Government Inspector” who assumes the role of a high-ranking official, garnering adulation from city…

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