Dead Souls

Dead Souls

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by Nikolai Gogol
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300060998

ISBN-13: 9780300060997

Pub. Date: 02/28/1996

Publisher: Yale University Press

Gogol's 1842 novel Dead Souls, a comic materpiece about a mysterious con man and his grotesque victims, is one of the major works of Russian literature. It was translated into English in 1942 by Bernard Guilbert Guerney; the translation was hailed by Vladimir Nabokov as "an extraordinarily fine piece of work" and is still considered the best translation of Dead

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Gogol's 1842 novel Dead Souls, a comic materpiece about a mysterious con man and his grotesque victims, is one of the major works of Russian literature. It was translated into English in 1942 by Bernard Guilbert Guerney; the translation was hailed by Vladimir Nabokov as "an extraordinarily fine piece of work" and is still considered the best translation of Dead Souls ever published. Long out of print, the Guerney translation of Dead Souls is now reissued. The text has been made more faithful to Gogol's original by removing passages that Guerney inserted from earlier drafts of Dead Souls. The text is accompanied by Susanne Fusso's introduction and by appendices that present excerpts from Guerney's translations of other drafts of Gogol's work and letters Gogol wrote around the time of the writing and publication of Deal Souls.

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ISBN-13:
9780300060997
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
568,075
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7(10)
Dead Souls
PART ONE 17(244)
PART TWO 261(92)
One of the Last Chapters
353

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Dead Souls (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Tara_McMasey More than 1 year ago
This is a great classic novel, but there are sizeable gaps in the plot, due to the authors burning of sections of the story. So you sort of feel left out of the loop and wish there was more. Gogol has a good style and his hero is an enjoyable ruffian.
TheQuillPen More than 1 year ago
Nikolai Gogol's "Dead Souls" is a unique, often humurous, often macabre novel. As a whole, it is unusually not uniform, beginning as an amusing, simple tale, growing into a brilliant critique of Gogol's generation and, really, every generation afterwards, and climaxing as the author elegantly bemoans his country's state and teaches valuable lessons through his characters' dialogue. The original manuscript of "Dead Souls" is missing many considerable sections of Part II, but this does not diminish the story. Although I'm sure that the missing writings were masterfully done and it is unfortunate that they're lost, "Dead Souls" loses none of its poignance or merit because of them. I absolutely recommend it.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Brilliant writing. Witty and entertaining
evooke More than 1 year ago
An interesting read, but more like some type of out-of-context article series. I would say not to look for much coherency, but there are still some very, very interesting moments worth the effort.
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