I doubt whether the Revolution has, in essentials, changed Russia at all. Reading Gogol, or Dostoevsky for that matter, one realizes how completely the Soviet regime has fallen back on to, and perhaps invigorated, the old Russia. Certainly there is much more of Gogol and Dostoievsky in the regime than there is of Marx.
Before your eyes rises the hero of Gogol 's story who, in a fit of aberration, imagined that he was the King of Spain . Such is the fate of all megalomaniacs.joseph stalin