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Gogol's great Russian classic is the Pickwick Papers of Russian literature. It takes a sharp but humorous look at life in all its strata but especially the devious complexities in Russia, with its landowners and serfs. We are introduced to Chichikov, a businessman who, in order to trick the tax authorities, buys up dead 'souls', or serfs, whose names still appear on the government census. Despite being a dealer in phantom crimes and paper ghosts, he is the most beguiling of Gogol's characters. Gogol's obsession with attempting to display 'the untold riches of the Russian soul' eventually led him to madness, religious mania, and death. Dismissed by him as merely 'a pale introduction to the great epic poem which is taking shape in my mind', Dead Souls is the culmination of Gogol's genius. Translator: Constance Garnett.

Public Domain (P)2017 Naxos AudioBooks

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I have never truly been struck as an American,

as i have by this book. this story SCREAMS across the ages, not to all maybe, but to me. I would give anything, anything at all for it's completion. and I thank all that that were responsible for the work they poured into it.

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It is a fun absurdist book.

It is too bad the story will remain unfinished. This is a wonderful comedy of the absurd. It has a great antihero. The performance was great.

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  • Sophie
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A perfect rendition.

You simply couldn’t ask for a better audiobook version of this classic of Russian literature. So lucid and enthralling it makes you question whether reading the book in the traditional method would have actually been far less of an experience. One doesn’t want to actually say, but one can’t help but think it.