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The first of the great Russian novels and one of the indisputable masterpieces of world literature, Dead Souls is the tale of Chichikov, an affably cunning con man who causes consternation in a small Russian town when he shows up out of nowhere proposing to buy title to serfs who, though dead as doornails, are still property on paper. What can he h
Paperback, 398 pages
Published 1987 by Editura Univers (first published 1842)
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Brent Ranalli I thought the same thing--tantalizing and would be a good joke. But no, what is included and omitted in Part 2 appears to be simply a reflection of…moreI thought the same thing--tantalizing and would be a good joke. But no, what is included and omitted in Part 2 appears to be simply a reflection of what could be reconstructed from the author's papers.(less)
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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 the
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 sofisticados. Luego d ...more
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January 4th, 2019

I've just reached page 249 where finally the hero, to the waving of the cap of the houseman, who was standing there in the same fustian frock-coat, and in the presence of the inn-servants and someone else’s lackeys and coachmen, who had gathered to gape at the departure of someone else’s master, and amid all the other circumstances that accompany a departure, took his seat in the vehicle, and the britska, which was of the sort in which bachelors ride, and
Ahmad Sharabiani
Myórtvyjye dúshi = Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol (1809 - 1852)
Dead Souls (Russian: Мёртвые души, 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 encounters in his endeavours. These pe
Aug 18, 2011 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For those who've enjoyed Gogol's short stories
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
Luís C.
DEAD SOULS by Nikolai Gogol

Every 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
Vanja Antonijevic
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 t
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Η Wall Street των νεκρών ψυχών στην τσαρική Ρωσία του 19ου αιώνα.

Σε ένα βαθύτερο επίπεδο το βιβλίο αυτό είναι μια διαχρονική μελέτη των ανθρωπίνων αδυναμιών, της χρυσής μετριότητας ως ιδιότητα των κοσμικών παθών.

Μπροστά στο κέρδος και την κοινωνική καταξίωση, έστω κι αν τεκμαίρεται απο την εδραίωση της ιδιοκτησίας πολλών, πάρα πολλών, αμέτρητων, νεκρών ψυχών, όλο το θεσμικό και αξιακό σύστημα με τα πολλά γρανάζια, «λαδώνεται» και λειτουργεί άψογα, μα κυρίως νόμιμα.
Όλα πωλούνται, όλα αγοράζοντ
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این داستان که یکی از آثارِ بینظیر در ادبیاتِ کلاسیک و ادبیاتِ روس به شمار می آید، از دو جلد و 348 صفحه تشکیل شده است که جلد اول شاملِ 11 فصل و جلدِ دوم شاملِ 5 فصل میباشد
داستان در موردِ مردی به نامِ «ایوان ایوانوییچ چیچیکوف» است که به صورتِ مسافر و مهمان به سراغِ مالکان و زمین دارانِ بزرگ رفته و پس از ورودش با چاپلوسی و تملق خودش را در دلِ زمین داران و اشخاصِ مشهور و مقاماتِ دولتی، جا میکند و سپس پیشنهاد جالبِ توجه و عجیبی به آنها میدهد... این پیشنهاد از این قرار است: تقریباً هر
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, aere-perennius
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, ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In Dead Souls , a novel about Russia and what it means to be Russian we follow the adventures of Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov who is probably literature's most endearingly dishonest character. After several attempts to grow rich and live a life of comfort Chichikov comes up with a scheme of buying non-existent peasants in order to get a state loan on them and, thus, making easy money out of nothing. The non-existent peasants are the title’s Dead Souls . They are those serfs who have already die
Maru Kun
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 members o
Amr Mohamed

انا طلعت ظلمت كل الأسماء يا جماعة سارماجو خلي البطل كان بيكلم السقف وكنت زعلان..عمنا 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 الكمر ده في الحيطة بيفكرني بأله موسيقية ثانية واحدة اوصفلكم الألة الموسيقية يا دين النبي يابا احكي واخلص..

وشوية السواق بتاعه بيوصف ويرغي مع تلات حصنة واحد اسمه الارقط والتاني الاوسط والتالت اسمه كدا الحصان القريب ويعرف بالمست
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Russians who own gold chains
Shelves: 2016
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.


That's not what Gogol
Maria Espadinha
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Julgo ser este estado
The weather was hot and humid and conducive for only one thing, sleeping. I had finished Dostoevksy’s The House of the Dead and was looking forward to relaxing and thinking about how to write a review for that book. However, the pull towards another Russian, a Russian that D admired and a book and its characters that D referred to consistently in his book was just too much of a temptation to me. I had to read the book and understand why D, one of my favourite authors, felt so moved and inspired ...more
فهد الفهد
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 يريدون تغيير روسيا لتلحق بأوروبا -، فلذا قرر جعل الجزء الثاني تمجيداً وتبجيلاً للروح والمجتمع الروسي الذي تفنن في الجزء الأول في إظهار عيوبه وشخصياته الطريفة، ولكن الحصيلة كانت باهتة، فلذا أحرق المخطوطة ولم يفرغ منها بعد.

نقد روز
نیکلای گوگول به مدت 17 سال روی این اثر کار کرد. طبق برنامههای نویسنده این اثر ادبی قرار بوده که در سه جلد نوشته شود. گوگول خودش بارها اشاره کرده بود که ایده این اثر را پوشکین به او داده است. الکساندر پوشکین هم یکی از اولین شنوندگان این شعر بود. گوگول خودش به این اثر به عنوان حماسهای شعری در قالب نثر و در درون کتاب آن را به عنوان رمانی در قالب نظم نگاه میکرد. نوشتن نفوس مرده کار سختی بود. نویسنده ایده اثر را بارها تغییر داد و بخشهای مختلفی از آن را بازنویسی کرد. نوشتن تنها بخش اول آن که در سال 18 ...more
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
An entertaining satire published in 1842 but with flippant style that seems much more modern. Bureaucratic inept government and pompous neurotic gentry get scathing treatment. For example after a huge dinner at a noble’s estate, “…the master of the house had settled himself into his…armchair that would have held four, he dropped asleep. His corpulent person was transformed into a blacksmith’s bellows; from his open mouth and from his nose he began to emit sounds as are not found in even the newe ...more
Richard Derus
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

The 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'
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-roulette

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 γνωστή.

Η πένα του Γκόγκολ είναι από τις πιο αγαπημένες μου. Καυτηριάζει, ειρωνεύεται και δεν αφήνει τίποτα μα τίποτα ασχολίαστο! Σου πετάει την ασχήμια της ρωσικής κοινωνίας στο πρόσωπο και εσύ δεν έχεις παρά να γελάσ
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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, eulogizing a
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
فلنفرض أن أحدهم عرض عليك شراء شيء لا تحتاجه البتة، بل ويثقل ببعض التكاليف، لقاء مبلغ رمزي مع التزامه بدفع كل ما يتعلق بالسلعة. بدعوى التبسيط، تخيل أن أحدهم عرض عليك شراء فواتير الكهرباء الخاصة بك  مع التكفل بسدادها. هل ستقبل العرض دون تردد أم لن تترك الصفقة تمر دون تمحيص؟ هل ستطمع في المزيد أم ستستفسر أولاً عن وضع الحلال والحرام؟ هل ستصر على طلب التوضيح حتى وإن حال ذلك عن إتمام الصفقة، أم ستتهم المشتري في قواه العقلية؟ أياً كان موقفك فستجده مُدوناً في هذه الرواية الساخرة ببطلها الغريب (تشيتشكوف) ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
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 ...more
Parthiban Sekar
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? (Luke 9:25)


This 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
Inderjit Sanghera
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 caricatures ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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دویست سال پیش وسط روسیه تزاری نشسته باشی و رمان بنویسی، اون وقت به گردو های مبارکت هم نباشه که یه نفر یکی دو قرن بعد، اون هم این سر دنیا، یه روز نفوس مرده ات رو بخونه و بهت زده خیره ی متن بمونه از بس که تازه اس و ملموس. ساختار بوروکراتیک، نفوذ قدرت و چکمه بوسی، جایگاه های اجتماعی و کاسه لیسی، حرافی های خاله زنکی و خساست های ایام پیری، همه و همه شاید به اندازه ی رمان های تولستوی به خورد روایت داده نشده باشن و در حد توصیف باقی مونده باشن؛ اما این توصیف ها اون قدر دقیق و گزارش گونه هستن که چاره ای ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rússia, my-bib
“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 crime.
- Porque

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/youtube

Wiki description: Dead Souls (Russian: Мёртвые души, 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
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Shelves: russia
Vor etlichen Jahren von mir als eher mäßig unterhaltsam abgelegt, konnte das Buch bei der erneuten Lektüre erheblich in meiner Gunst steigen. Eine Gesellschaftssatire in der fast alle sozialen Klassen des damaligen Russland ihr Fett wegkriegen. Gogol führt uns eine ganze Reihe von Charaktertypen vor (lethargische Gutsbesitzer, korrupte Beamte, …) die zwar seiner Zeit entstammen, aber in abgewandelter Form auch heute noch zu finden sind. Denn es ist die menschliche Natur im ewigen Kampf gegen ihr ...more
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