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 impression4 years ago
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    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.


    Charlotte Thomashas quoted7 months ago
    In passing, the reader may care to be­come more fully ac­quain­ted with the two serving-men of whom I have spoken
    b1079768485has quoted8 months ago
    Some of the ladies were dressed well and in the fash­ion, while the re­mainder were clad in such gar­ments as God usu­ally be­stows upon a pro­vin­cial town
    b9193108604has quotedlast year
    Dostoyevsky goes so far as to be­stow this trib­ute upon an earlier work by the same au­thor, a short story en­titled “The Cloak”; this idea has been wit­tily ex­pressed by an­other com­pat­riot, who says: “We have all is­sued out of Go­gol’s Cloak.”

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