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A socially adept newcomer fluidly inserts himself into an unnamed Russian town, conquering first the drinkers, then the dignitaries. All find him amiable, estimable, agreeable. But what exactly is Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov up to?--something that will soon throw the town "into utter perplexity."

After more than a week of entertainment and "passing the time, as they say, very pleasantly," he gets down to business--heading off to call on some landowners. More pleasantries ensue before Chichikov reveals his bizarre plan. He'd like to buy the souls of peasants who have died since the last census. The first landowner looks carefully to see if he's mad, but spots no outward signs. In fact, the scheme is innovative but by no means bonkers. Even though Chichikov will be taxed on the supposed serfs, he will be able to count them as his property and gain the reputation of a gentleman owner. His first victim is happy to give up his souls for free--less tax burden for him. The second, however, knows Chichikov must be up to something, and the third has his servants rough him up. Nonetheless, he prospers.

Dead Souls is a feverish anatomy of Russian society (the book was first published in 1842) and human wiles. Its author tosses off thousands of sublime epigrams--including, "However stupid a fool's words may be, they are sometimes enough to confound an intelligent man," and is equally adept at yearning satire: "Where is he," Gogol interrupts the action, "who, in the native tongue of our Russian soul, could speak to us this all-powerful word: forward? who, knowing all the forces and qualities, and all the depths of our nature, could, by one magic gesture, point the Russian man towards a lofty life?" Flannery O'Connor, another writer of dark genius, declared Gogol "necessary along with the light." Though he was hardly the first to envision property as theft, his blend of comic, fantastic moralism is sui generis.--Kerry Fried


Praise for previous translations by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, winners of the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize

The Brothers Karamazov
“One finally gets the musical whole of Dostoevsky’s original.” –New York Times Book Review

“It may well be that Dostoevsky’s [world], with all its resourceful energies of life and language, is only now–and through the medium of [this] new translation–beginning to come home to the English-speaking reader.” –New York Review of Books

Crime and Punishment
“The best [translation] currently available…An especially faithful re-creation…with a coiled-spring kinetic energy… Don’t miss it.” –Washington Post Book World

“Reaches as close to Dostoevsky’s Russian as is possible in English…The original’s force and frightening immediacy is captured…The Pevear and Volokhonsky translation will become the standard version.” –Chicago Tribune


“The merit in this edition of Demons resides in the technical virtuosity of the translators…They capture the feverishly intense, personal explosions of activity and emotion that manifest themselves in Russian life.” –New York Times Book Review

“[Pevear and Volokhonsky] have managed to capture and differentiate the characters’ many voices…They come into their own when faced with Dostoevsky’s wonderfully quirky use of varied speech patterns…A capital job of restoration.” –Los Angeles Times

With an Introduction by Richard Pevear


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  • Dateigröße: 17495 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Yale University Press (21. Februar 1996)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0300188102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300188103
  • ASIN: B00FC655RU
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If you are a fellow bibliophile, then I'm sure your bookshelves contain many unread titles begging for attention. To pass over a new discovery for the comfort of an old friend is the greatest praise that I can bestow upon a book.
I have read "Dead Souls" at least six times in my forty years, and God willing I'll probably read it another six times before I toll my days. Each time I pick it up I laugh aloud again, and feel as if I'm I guest at a Gogol's party. This novel is inhabited by an unforgettable cast of eccentrics and scoundrels, and Gogol makes them all dance and glitter. They are so expertly drawn that each rereading rewards me with a greater revelation and insight into what it means to walk on this earth.
Even though every character is a rogue and an incorrigible sinner, Gogol's non-judgemental love for them is always there in the background. You laugh at these fools, and scorn them, yet you too will love them as your imperfect brothers. If ever the world were contained in one book, it lies within these pages. Enjoy!
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One of the drollest books imaginable.Drunkeness, absolute idiocy, and tender yet wildly misplaced poetry abound. It may be a bit macab, but the parables of manipulation and human foibles are so outrageously funny that one can skip much of the modernist movement and go straight for the fountainhead. What sets it apart is its originality, and what REALLY sets it apart is that Gogol, or the narrator, appears to be thoroughly unaware how droll the tone is, yet is still self-conscious and somewhat lyrical. Chichicov is the illegitimage grandson of Sancho. Kafka meets Beckett and gets runover by a tripping Marx. Nothing is sacred: A lying schemer is compared to a character in the Aeneid, and a group of men crowding around an pale faced demoiselle is compard to a bunch of flies flitting about sugar. Creative bliss to the maximum, and no need to wallow in meaning unless one is willing to write one's own parables as critiques. The outright antithesis of Hemingway.
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Part One is the amusing story of Chichikov's shifty scheme to make money by obtaining legal ownership of recently dead serfs whose names are still on the census, in order to somehow mortgage this property at a profit. To understand the scheme you would have to understand the relevant laws.
To accomplish this purpose, Chichikov travels around Russia mixing with the best society and makes propositions to rich landowners. He is very good at flattery. Even so, things don't go smoothly for the scam artist.
Part Two, written many years later, brings back Chichikov as he meets a miser who allows his estate to go to pot, and a model landowner who works very hard. The question we are left with is whether Chichikov will continue to be a shifty character or will clean up his act like the model landowner. I'm sure it was meant as a question for the reader as well.
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Gogol has created one of the best characters in all of literature. Is he a hero, or is he a rogue? Meanwhile Gogol gives us a glimpse of old Holy Russia in all its beauty, simplicity, sorrow, and of course, humor. The story is epic in form, but stylistically reminds me of Quixote. It is full of such brilliantly savage humor that you can't help embracing Gogol as a mad genius.
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