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Nikolai Gogol George Reavey George Gibian

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Dead Souls A few factual points ought to be explained to the reader even though the novel itself eventually suffices to clarify some of them First the title of the book Among Russian serf owning gentry the id

  • Title: Dead Souls
  • Author: Nikolai Gogol George Reavey George Gibian
  • ISBN: 9780393006001
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • A few factual points ought to be explained to the reader, even though the novel itself eventually suffices to clarify some of them First, the title of the book Among Russian serf owning gentry, the idiomatic way to assess someone s wealth was to express it in terms of the number of souls he owned that is, male, adult serfs Taxes on serfs had to be paid by the owner unA few factual points ought to be explained to the reader, even though the novel itself eventually suffices to clarify some of them First, the title of the book Among Russian serf owning gentry, the idiomatic way to assess someone s wealth was to express it in terms of the number of souls he owned that is, male, adult serfs Taxes on serfs had to be paid by the owner until the next census or registration date even if they may have died in the meantime Gogol s dead souls, in addition to this literal reference to serfs who had died since the last registration date for serfs, are also a metaphor for the dead moral and spiritual sensibilities of the many inhabitants of Gogol s zoo This title ran into trouble with Gogol s censors, who held the ridiculous suspicion that the title might be a blasphemous attack on the immortality of the human soul Gogol therefore added the title Chichikov s Adventures.

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    1. Fernando on said:

      Nikólai Gógol es considerado uno de los padres de la literatura rusa junto con el eterno Alexandr Pushkin. Es gracias a ellos que Rusia fue conocida a nivel literario en toda Europa. Gógol, originario de la “pequeña Rusia” como se denominaba a Ucrania en los tiempos de los zares fue el pionero de la literatura moderna, además de perfeccionar junto con Pushkin la manera de escribir, así también como dar a conocer a Rusia al lector común, además de los estratos literarios más sofisti [...]

    2. Stephen on said:

      2.0 stars. As much as I hate to say this about a book that is both a classic of Russian literature and considered one of the best satires ever written, THIS BOOK BORED ME TO DEATH!!! Okay, not quite "coffin ready" dead, but certainly bored to the point of suffering intermittent bouts of narcolepsy. I can certainly say without hyperbole that this is not a book I would recommend as an “enjoyable” experience, no matter how much Vodka you have standing by.My assessment of the book arises DESPITE [...]

    3. Luís C. on said:

      DEAD SOULS by Nikolai GogolEvery writer carries with him an essential book, the work in which he has to "tell everything". From the day he saw it, when he began to realize it, to think of himself, his vision of the world and the conception of his own life revolve around this pole; the work becomes the symbol of man, his message.It's about a crook, Pavel Ivanovich Tchitchikov. The latter has an extraordinary idea to make a fortune: he will redeem dead souls.In ancient Russia the peasants (dead so [...]

    4. Vanja Antonijevic on said:

      Gogol's "Dead Souls" is a true masterpiece. It is the only Russian novel that I have read that brings me as much deep satisfaction as Dostoevsky’s great novels. The novel is satirical, intellectual, political, and also entertaining. The intriguing plot is sketched as follows:A somewhat mysterious middle class man, named Chichikov, comes to a town and attempts to build prestige by impressing minor officials of the place. The man spends beyond his means in order to impress, and tries to befriend [...]

    5. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Myórtvyjye dúshi = Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol (1809 - 1852)Dead Souls (Russian: Мёртвые ду́ши, Myórtvyjye dúshi) is a novel by Nikolai Gogol, first published in 1842, and widely regarded as an exemplar of 19th-century Russian literature. The purpose of the novel was to demonstrate the flaws and faults of the Russian mentality and character. Gogol portrayed those defects through Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov (Russian: Павел Иванович Чичиков) and the people whom he e [...]

    6. Maria Espadinha on said:

      Insatisfação Degenerada"Almas Mortas" é uma crítica caricatural quer da sociedade excessivamente burocratizada da época, quer da ambição humana.Quanto a mim, a necessidade compulsiva de Tchíchikov acumular almas é uma caricatura da ambição material desmedida.A natural insatisfação humana, nem sempre escolhe os alvos mais indicados para se manifestar!Quando assim é, embarca num ciclo de acumulação infindável, pois as escolhas efectuadas não proporcionam a satisfação almejada!J [...]

    7. Darwin8u on said:

      An absurd and brilliant satire. To think I avoided reading this novel for years because I thought it was going to be depressing. Ha! Dead Souls reminded me in many ways of the Odyssey + Don Quixote written by Mark Twain in a Russian prose poem. Gogol captures the absurdity of the mid-19th century Russia. Included in Gogol's satire/farce is an absurd and brilliant look at the corruption of the government, the stratification of society, the pretentiousness of the Russian middle-class, etc. Anyway, [...]

    8. Jan-Maat on said:

      What is this book?I can't remember any more if Gogol described it as a Poem or an Epic, maybe it doesn't matter what he called it since he had great chunks of the manuscript fed into the fire on the advice of his religious advisor.So we are left with part one, some bits of part two and an outline of the three part whole of the work, the rest having gone up in smoke.What there is of the first part is generally read as a comedy. It is funny, but bear in mind that the first part is about a young ma [...]

    9. Amr Mohamed on said:

      انا طلعت ظلمت كل الأسماء يا جماعة سارماجو خلي البطل كان بيكلم السقف وكنت زعلانعمنا غوغول هنا بيوصف كل حاجة وفتفوتة فى الرواية يعني يوصف البيت حته حته ركن ركن بالخدامين بالسقف بالحيطان بالعواميد بكله ويوصف الابطال وهدومهم وبيجامة البطل وبعدين بقي يقولك مثلا البطل ده او الكم [...]

    10. peiman-mir5 rezakhani on said:

      دوستانِ گرانقدر، این داستان که یکی از آثارِ بینظیر در ادبیات کلاسیک و ادبیات روس است، از دو جلد و 348 صفحه تشکیل شده است که جلد اول شاملِ 11 فصل و جلدِ دوم شاملِ 5 فصل میباشدداستان در موردِ مردی به نامِ «ایوان ایوانوییچ چیچیکوف» است که به صورتِ مسافر و مهمان به سراغِ مالکان و زمین [...]

    11. Alex on said:

      Here's a Russian douchebag.This is called poshlust, an untranslatable word referring to a kind of banal tackiness special to Russia. Here's another Russian douchebag:The stereotype goes all the way back to 1842 and Gogol's great antihero dandy grifter Chichikov, with his Navarino smoke-and-flame silk frock coat and his violet-scented snuffbox, and according to Nabokov poshlust is the great theme of this book, a definition of an essential theme of Russian character.ChichikovThat's not what Gogol [...]

    12. Magdalen on said:

      ΕΚΠΛΗΚΤΙΚΟ !Οι"Νεκρές Ψυχές"είναι ένα τόσο ρεαλιστικό βιβλίο που ίσως να αγγίζει τα όρια του τρομακτικού. Αθεράπευτα επίκαιρο πόσο μάλλον για την Ελλάδα του 2017 και ο νοών νοείτο Δεν νομίζω ότι χρειάζονται συστάσεις για το βιβλίο καθώς όντας κλασικό  η υπόθεση του είναι γνω [...]

    13. Tej on said:

      Almost, one and a three quarters of a century ago, Nikolay Vasilyevich Gogol-Yanovsky or simply, Gogol, himself lend words to the cries of dissent against the likes of him,“Don’t we ourselves know that there’s much in life that’s contemptible and stupid? As it is, we often have occasion to see things that are far from comforting. Better that you show us what’s beautiful and distracting. Better that we should forget ourselves!”That very arrogance and contempt has rocketed far beyond, [...]

    14. فهد الفهد on said:

      الأنفس الميتة مات غوغول وقد أحرق الجزء الثاني من هذه الرواية، ومن سيقرأ سيرته سيقول: حسناً فعل!! فقد سيطرت على غوغول روح دينية في آخر أيامه، كما أثر فيه النقد الذي كان يكيله له الجميع، سواء كانوا من تيار السلافيين – الذي يريد الحفاظ على روسيا كما هي – أو الأوروبيين – الذين ير [...]

    15. Richard Derus on said:

      Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Dead Souls is eloquent on some occasions, lyrical on others, and pious and reverent elsewhere. Nikolai Gogol was a master of the spoof. The American students of today are not the only readers who have been confused by him. Russian literary history records more divergent interpretations of Gogol than perhaps of any other classic.In a new translation of the comic classic of Russian literature, Chichikov, an enigmatic stranger and schemer, buys deceased serfs' [...]

    16. Inderjit Sanghera on said:

      All stories, even those painted with the broadest strokes of realism are fairy tales. Some, however, are more fantastical than others and none more so than the phantasmagoria of Gogol’s fiction; characters with pumpkin shaped heads and preposterous dialogues, all of this is part of the magic of Gogol’s fiction, of his unique, surreal style. Gogol should not be read to gain an insight of human psychology; his weird and wonderful cast of characters are cardboard cut-outs, unintentional caricat [...]

    17. Bettie☯ on said:

      As precedent#1 goes around shouting "I see dead people", it seems a great time to re-engage with this.This is an unfinished novel, however do not let that put you off, nosiree! This visit is via Librivox/youtubeWiki description: Dead Souls (Russian: Мёртвые ду́ши, Myórtvyjye dúshi) is a novel by Nikolai Gogol, first published in 1842, and widely regarded as an exemplar of 19th-century Russian literature. The purpose of the novel was to demonstrate the flaws and faults of the Russia [...]

    18. Carmo on said:

      “Toda a Russia aparecerá no meu poema; será a minha primeira obra sofrível, aquela que há de salvar o meu nome do esquecimento.”Nikolai Gogol Salvou, e de que maneira. Hoje, Almas Mortas é considerado a obra mais emblemática de Gogol, mas aquando do seu lançamento a crítica amaldiçoou-o.- Porque profanava o sentido bíblico da alma que, sendo imortal, não poderia ser enunciada como mortal. - Porque consideravam a personagem principal, Chichikov, um mau exemplo capaz de instigar ao [...]

    19. Parthiban Sekar on said:

      What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? (Luke 9:25)DEAD SOULS: A PoemThis is not a new story which Gogol tries to say through his not good looking, but not uncomely in appearance either, not overly fat, not overly thin Hero Chichikov whose desire takes him in pursuit of buying dead souls from landowners affected by sickness, famine, and other misfortunes which may befall any man. But, the same old story being told time and again, only in diff [...]

    20. لونا on said:

      غالباً ما يختبئ المؤلف أو الراوي خلف ستار إحدى شخصيات الرواية وتتولى تلك الشخصية بالنيابة عنه مهمة رواية الأحداث. إحساس القارئ بوجود المؤلف "فعلياً" قليل أو نادر الحدوث؛ هنا في الأنفس الميتة الوضع مختلف تماماً، الراوي خلق نوع من "النميمة" التي بطبعها تستدعي إحساس القارئ أنه [...]

    21. [P] on said:

      For my review of Fernando Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet I asked you to imagine that someone has given you a beautiful old watch, a gift with a catch, which is that it unfortunately does not work, is not, somehow, whole. Would you, in this situation, feel aggrieved, because the watch is not all that it could have been? Or are you happy to have it as it is, opining that you have gained something, rather than lost out, because you cannot lose something that never was [the watch had never and could [...]

    22. Fanis on said:

      Ο μανιώδης αγοραστής νεκρών ψυχών κουβαλούσε κι ίδιος μέσα του μια νεκρή ψυχή, ίσως ο πραγματικός λόγος που αγόραζε νεκρές ψυχές να ήταν, επειδή, ήθελε να βασιλεύει σε μια αυλή νεκρών ψυχών.

    23. Ahmed Oraby on said:

      «ولكن الإنسان مخلوق غريب»تشيتشيكوڤالأنفس الميتة - جوجول تعد هذه الرواية من أهم وأعظم ما كتب في الأدب الروسي، ليس فقط من حيث القيمة الأدبية الهامة - ونظرًا لما تمتاز به من رابطة بين أديبين عظيمين كجوجول وبوشكين كذلك - ولكن من حيث كونها تأريخًا للمجتمع الروسي القيصري ما قبل الث [...]

    24. Vanessa on said:

      3.5 stars. I had my reservations about reading Dead Souls for years - the synopsis never had me sold really, but I know a couple of people who profess that this is one of their favourite books of all time, if not their number one favourite. So I finally picked this up on a buddy read, and I'm really glad I did!The story follows Chichikov, the anti-hero of the story, who attempts to cheat the system by buying up important landowner's 'dead souls', in order to make money off the government. And of [...]

    25. James on said:

      We can thank our lucky stars for writer's block, as we'd likely have set fire to the Dead Souls manuscript ourselves if Nikolai Gogol hadn't. Had he, overcome with religious fervor, forged ahead with his plan and complete this three-parter, separated into volumes each of crime, punishment, and redemption, and not starve himself to death, we might've had on our hands a literary misfire it seemed like he, previously so promising, wanted to unleash upon us expectant and unsuspecting masses. Fort [...]

    26. Alan on said:

      I have read only fifty pages of Gogol in Russian, enough to know how hilarious he is, and to regret his conversion and attempt to destroy this great book. "Sobakavich" alone rewards the reader with the Russian patronymic, "Son of" applied to "Sobaka," a bitch. Yet Sobakavich is the most genial of men, who refuses to sell even those of his employ who have died. His sentimental valuing of the mere memory of his dead worker is a triumph over materialism. Lovely stuff. Viva Gogol! Sobakievich is eve [...]

    27. Hanneke on said:

      De eerste 100 pagina's waren zeker aangenaam om te lezen door de spot die Gogol drijft met alles en iedereen die Tchitchikov op zijn zoektocht ontmoet. Maar op een bepaald moment wil je toch een inkijkje krijgen in het karakter en de echte drijfveren van de hoofdpersoon. Pas op de laatste bladzijden kom je wat te weten over het doel van al die opgekochte zielen, maar de persoon Tchitchikov blijft een schimmig personage en wordt nooit interessant.

    28. Soycd on said:

      “Countless as the sands of sea are human passions, and not all of them are alike, and all of them, base and noble alike, are at first obedient to man and only later on become his terrible masters.” Dead Souls follows the story of Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov, an ambitious and seemingly unscrupulous man who travels across Russia's countryside to buy dead serfs from landowners to relieve them from tax payment, making himself a wealthy man in the process. This novel has a slow start, with Chichiko [...]

    29. Maru Kun on said:

      The hero of Dead Souls, Chichikov, these days would be Fabulous Chichikov.Sitting at his 40th floor, 200 West Street dealing desk Fabulous Chichikov’s eye would travel from screen to screen searching out deals in NINJA loans, distressed debt and CDOs squared. Debits and credits would flit in and out of his trading book as ephemeral as any Dead Soul.Instead of a “troika suitable for bachelors”, Fabulous Chichikov would travel by Uber limousine. He would move from Manhattan steakhouse to mem [...]

    30. Simon A. Smith on said:

      I didn't enjoy this novel nearly as much as I enjoyed Gogol's short stories. A couple of things1. Several times throughout, the text breaks off and a line is inserted that reads something like, "and here there are many pages missing" and then the story picks back up in the middle of nowhere again. I didn't know that going in and it was a little confusing.2. The first 100 pages are very funny and highly engrossing. Starting on about 150 there begins the most monotonous passages. All the backgroun [...]

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