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Dead Souls (Pevear / Volokhonsky translation)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    A distinctively Russian classic

    One of the finest works of Russian literature, Gogol¿s DEAD SOUL epitomizes Russian soul at its purest, funniest, finest, richest, dreaririest, most charming and most hopeless state. Gogol utterly ridicules the Russian gentry in the middle of the 19th century in this story, centering on some dreadfully banal people who are trying to pull off a fraud. Exemplified by Chichikov who may be dividedly considered a scoundrel and a hero, Gogol portrayed to what length people can go to secure interests or benefits against over fellow humans considered to be of a lesser class. It is unfortunate that Gogol never finished this story. Overall, this amazingly entertaining classical novel deserves the highest of respects. In addition to UNION MOUJIK, TARAS BULBA, I also recommend classic Russian Stories like DEMONS, FATHERS AND SONS, and THE CHERRY ORCHARD. Once you get into Russian literature, you get to appreciate its supremacy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2000

    Gogol speaks to the paper wealth of Modernity.

    This is a funny, touching novel. I picked it up as a lark because I have enjoyed the Pevear/Volkhonsky translations of Dostoyevsky works. Dead Souls is a deeply human story that speaks to our desire for social status even when we lack the means. Chichikov's insane plans seem to make more sense against the modern background of dime-a-dozen 'Internet Millionaires' and get-rich-quick schemes. This translation manages somehow to be laugh-out-loud funny, gut-wrenchingly tragic, and surprisingly fresh. A must-read for any Dostoyevsky fan.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    East

    You left meh. ;-; That's all right. You mighta needed sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    East

    She and Deathy skipped upstairs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    East

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2001

    Great book, but no ending

    A little more than halfway through this book, there's a line so funny, I gaurantee you'll laugh aloud when you come across it. I'm also sure you'll enjoy the entire book. You might think it's a serious book by reading the title 'Dead Souls,' but really it's not--it's funny. It's not all laughs though either. Near the end Gogol does get serious, and I wanted so much to hear him through, but his book is cut short! The most important part is taken away! But despite not having an ending, I still feel 'Dead Souls' is great and more than worth your while.

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