A stranger arrives in a Russian backwater community with a bizarre proposition for the local landowners: cash for their "dead souls," the serfs who have died in their service. Gogol's comic masterpiece offers a vast and satirical painting of 19th-century Russia. A work of great symbolism, it... show more
A stranger arrives in a Russian backwater community with a bizarre proposition for the local landowners: cash for their "dead souls," the serfs who have died in their service. Gogol's comic masterpiece offers a vast and satirical painting of 19th-century Russia. A work of great symbolism, it continues to inspire 21st-century authors and readers.
Publish date: June 9th 2003
Publisher: Dover Publications
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 19th Century
, Russian Literature
We can thank our lucky stars for writer's block, as we'd likely have set fire to the Dead Souls manuscript ourselves if Nikolai Gogol hadn't. Had he, overcome with religious fervor, forged ahead with his plan and complete this three-parter, separated into volumes each of crime, punishment, and redem...
The book is a satire of 19th century Russian society specifically and the human condition in general. It concerns a minor bureaucrat who is going around Russian society and buying up dead souls as part of a scam. The book is at times quite funny. It is also clearly foreshadow all sorts of stuff a...
Finalement, les deux interlocuteurs franchirent la porte ensemble, mais chacun d'eux s'étant placé légèrement de biais, ils se cognèrent quelque peu l'un à l'autre.Il s'éveilla, le lendemain, assez tard. Un rayon de soleil, à travers la fenêtre, lui tombait droit dans les yeux, et les mouches, qui, ...
I need to read the new translation of this by Donald Rayfield, published by NYRB.
Only with trepidation do I give a measly 2 stars to classic books on the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. Even if I didn't particularly like the book (e.g., Steppenwolf, The Sea, Wuthering Heights, or The Kreutzer Sonata - dear God, the Kreutzer Sonata!), I'll usually give it 3 stars ou...
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