Nikolai Gogol

Dead Souls

Dead Souls is Nikolai Gogol’s last novel, and follows the tale of Pavel Chichikov, a down-on-his-luck gentleman determined to improve his lot in life. The story charts his scheme to purchase dead souls—the titles of deceased serfs—from wealthy landowners.
The novel’s satirical take on the state of Russian society at the time leads Chichikov into increasingly difficult circumstances, in his attempts to cheat the both the system and the cavalcade of townspeople he meets along the way.
Originally planned as a trilogy, Gogol apparently only completed the first two parts, and destroyed the latter half of the second part before his death. The novel as it stands ends in mid sentence but is regarded as complete.
529 printed pages
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  • Heine Melkevikshared an impression7 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    The masterpiece of Gogol - until 90% into the book it is truly amazing and then the growing lunacy of Gogol can be seen and the book fall a bit apart.

  • Leenashared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading


  • rebeklyhas quoted6 days ago
    panic spreads faster and is even more de­struct­ive, than the dreaded black death.
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    Yet he was not angry with him­self—of that you may be sure, see­ing that all of us have a slight weak­ness for spar­ing our own faults, and al­ways do our best to find some fel­low-creature upon whom to vent our dis­pleas­ure—whether that fel­low-creature be a ser­vant, a sub­or­din­ate of­fi­cial, or a wife.
  • rebeklyhas quoted6 days ago
    The fact that the French­man is at forty pre­cisely what he was at fif­teen leads us to ima­gine that we too, for­sooth, ought to be the same.

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