Narezhny, Vasily Trofimovich (vəsēˈlyē trəfēˈməvĭch nərĕzhˈnē) [key], 1780–1825, Russian novelist. He was an important forerunner of Gogol in his realistic descriptions of Ukrainian and Cossack life. He is best known for the picaresque novel The Russian Gil Blas (1814).
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