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Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol, Robert A. Maguire
Dead Souls
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Dead Souls is one of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy. Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in a provincial town and visits a succession of landowners to make each a strange offer. He proposes to buy the names of dead serfs... show more
Dead Souls is one of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy. Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in a provincial town and visits a succession of landowners to make each a strange offer. He proposes to buy the names of dead serfs still registered on the census, saving their owners from paying tax on them, and to use these “souls” as collateral to reinvent himself as a gentleman. In this ebullient masterpiece, Gogol created a grotesque gallery of human types, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial fool Manilov, and, above all, the devilish con man Chichikov. In his introduction, translator and Gogol scholar Robert Maguire discusses the protracted and troubled story of the novel's composition, Gogol's narrative technique, and his place in the Russian and European literary traditions Includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, appendices, glossary, map, and notes
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140448078 (0140448071)
ASIN: 140448071
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
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K.H. Leigh's Blogstravaganza
K.H. Leigh's Blogstravaganza rated it
3.0 Dead Souls
I wish only the complete first part of this novel had been published, because I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I found the fragmented, crumbling second part to be agitating more than anything. Several times the narrative ends abruptly with the explanation, "Here a large section of the original is m...
Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
3.0 Dead Souls (Everyman's Library, #280)
Kind of a strange book, and, even with all the end notes explaining things, felt very out of context to me. It probably was amazing to your 19th-century Russian, or Russian lit nerd even, but I spent the majority of it bemused and confused.There were some good scenes, and I generally liked the writi...
Unimportant Musings
Unimportant Musings rated it
4.0 Review: Dead Souls
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...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
3.0 Dead Souls
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...
Calyre
Calyre rated it
3.0 Dead Souls
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, ...
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