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Dead Souls Paperback – December 28, 2004
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In doing this he travels through Russia meeting a variety of odd and interesting characters. One character,Manilov gives his souls free of charge. Another the greedy Korobotchka makes a bargain of fifteen rubles per soul. Sobakevitch demands a hundred rubles but his rudeness gets him only two- and - one half rubles per soul.
Chichikov pulls it off for a time, is recognized as wealthy, has many ladies running after him, but is last exposed by a character, Nozdrev, who has refused to make a bargain with him.
Gogol's fiercely satirical humor has made this work a Russian reader's delight.
I am not sure however that the humor and the delight translate very well to English.
Gogol's greatest works are his short stories - including "Nevsky Prospect", "The Overcoat", and "Diary of a Madman". DEAD SOULS is his one novel of note, and for some it is on a par with the best of his short stories. For various reasons, I don't regard DEAD SOULS quite that highly.
First, it is unfinished. Part I (280 pages in this edition) was published in 1842. Gogol reportedly likened it to "Inferno" of Dante's "Divine Comedy".Read more ›
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This book in its original Russsian is a masterpiece, as beautiful inetersting to read today as it was 150 years ago. It's so well written you don't feel it's aged. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by sashatagger
I am a student and purchased the Penguin Classics edition for my lit class in May, so it was warm enough I could read the book outside. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by laq
This is a very good translation of a Russian classic. The novel, which Gogol calls a poem, follows the life and schemes of a 19th century grifter named Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Ron Webb
Just wanting to let others know that the Kindle Edition is now the correct Penguin Classics translation by Robert Maguire. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Michael
he most interesting feature of this book, in my opinion, is its special type of satirical language, mastered by Gogol and very much in chemistry with the story. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by Mehdi Jamei
my review is limited to the kindle version of the penguin edition. there is a map in this version which i cannot read on my kindle 3 even with the zoom feature. Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Diligent Reader
The Russian author, Nikolai Gogol (1809 -1852), was a name vaguely familiar to me, and as part of my years'-long project of reading notable authors whom I had never read, I decided... Read morePublished on May 20, 2011 by Buzz
As a narrater Gogol was a genius. This is without a doubt his masterpiece and one of the greatest depictions of russian society ever written. Read morePublished on March 27, 2010 by Zarathustra
Travel through the richness and depth of the Russian soul, through suckling pig and sour cream, pies stuffed with fat juicy catfish tails, poppy seed cakes, pancakes dripping with... Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by Hnin Dehn