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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,533 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nikolai Gogol Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in a provincial town and visits a succession of landowners to make each a strange offer. He proposes to buy the names of dead serfs still registered on the census, saving their owners from paying tax on them, and to use these souls as collateral to reinvent himself as a gentleman. In this ebullient masterpiece, Nikolai Gogol created a grotesque gallery of human types, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial fool Manilov, and, above all, the devilish con man Chichikov.

Dead Souls, Russia's first major novel, is one of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy. This version of Dead Souls is the translation by C. J. Hogarth.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thom | 2/16/2014

    " Gogol, writing over 150 years before Google, manages to capture the deadness of soul found not only amongst the Russian landed gentry of the time, but also among people of all times who buy and sell that which does not really exist. There are Chichikovs aplenty these days, and it is painfully funny to see his story unfold in Gogol's masterful hands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 2/3/2014

    " A mortgage scam from late feudal Russia involving toxic assets (literally) as collateral comes undone. Unlikely, right? This was my third time through Gogol's masterpiece depiction of "poshlust" and my first time reading Hogarth's translation which is just fine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David M. | 1/30/2014

    " Well, I got all the way through Volume I (p. 257) and still didn't really care about the plot, the characters, or the writing. I can see why this may have an important place in Russian literature, but it doesn't have much of anything of interest to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James P | 1/20/2014

    " This is supposed to be Gogol's attempt at repeating "Divine Comedy." The first (and really only) part is supposedly "Inferno." "

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