The Namesake Setting & Symbolism

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Gogol Book of Short Stories

Gogol's father gives him a copy of a book of Nikolai Gogol's short stories in order to share with him the stories he loved as a young man and that inspired him to give Gogol his name.

Train Crash

Ashoke nearly died in a train crash when he was a young man, several years before he married Ashima. It is the memory of this train crash and the desire to read his Gogol book that saved his life that causes Ashoke to name his son Gogol.

Missing Letter

Ashoke and Ashima put off naming their son in order to use a name Ashima's grandmother has mailed to them in a letter. However, the letter becomes lost in the mail and they never learn the name the grandmother intended their son to have.

Resume

Moushumi finds a resume at NYU that puts her back...

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