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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions (5 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840226374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840226379
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nikolay Vasilievich Gogol (1809 - 1852) was a Russian dramatist, novelist and short-story writer, whose satirical works on Russian life in general, and political corruption in particular eventually led to his exile. His best works, including 'Dead Souls' and 'The Nose', make him one of the funniest, yet profound, writers in literature.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By anotherreader on 26 Dec 2012
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As the other reviewer stated its so unbelievably badly translated that I can't get past page 5!

Don't buy this version. I find normally Russian_English translation is best done by Penguin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Feb 2014
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For many years, the idea of reading Dead Souls seemed like a forbidding prospect. I expected tom rather grim expose of Russian melancholy.

I finally got round to reading it because the subject matter, a man purchasing the identities of deceased serfs who are still recorded as being alive in order to obtain a huge mortgage, chimed with something I was dealing with at work.

The book is a comedy and there is no melancholy or tragedy. It is a picaresque comedy in which the hero, Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov travels around rural Russia buying souls from various eccentric landowners. The pleasure of reading this is meeting these bizarre characters and also the hyperbolic use of language.

Gogol did not finish the novel and in in some ways it didn't quite hang together. There are many disparate characters and I confess that I was a bit confused at times. However, it remains an entertaining and often thoughtful read.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lubylu on 18 May 2012
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I've been really looking forward to reading this book, but the translation is so ungainly and written in such bad English (aren't translations supposed to be written by native speakers? This one doesn't seem to have been...) that I am going to buy the Penguin version instead. Here is an example of a particularly bad paragraph:
'As he drove into the courtyard, Chichikov perceived the host himself standing on the veranda, in a green shalloon coat, with his hand pressed to his brow, to form a screen for his eyes, in order that he might the better survey the approaching equipage. In proportion as the brichka approached the veranda, his eyes grew merrier, and his smile grew broader and broader.'
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The translation from the french at the end is very different than Gogol's writing, and I found it difficult to finish, but Gogol's writing is great and I wonder if he didn't want to finish Chichikov's story because he liked the character too much
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