The Namesake is the story of an immigrant Bengali couple and their son Nikhil, whose pet name of Gogol becomes his legal name due to a language barrier-related misunderstanding after his birth. The novel follows Gogol through his life as he struggles with his Indian identity and with his often unsteady relationship with his parents. His name and its uncertainty has a strong influence on the course of his life and informs a great deal of his personality and fate.

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