Dead Souls

Dead Souls

3.98 (45,822 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Translated by  , Introduction by 

List price: US$13.99

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


Dead Souls by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol. Attributable to satire - political projects, the main idea of this work was suggested to the author by Pushkin. The main theme of this work is pretty simple and basically doesn't introduce anything new to the Russian literature, is a book based on a circular structure fully built around the main character. Chichikov was created with the finality to stress the weaknesses and pad sides of Russian population and during all the story he perfectly epitomize this negative stereotype. The book was published for the first time in the 1842, at that time the title chosen by the author was "The wonderings of Chichikov, or dead souls" which is still considered as the title which better describe the content of the book. For many reasons this book is described by readers in different times as a masterpiece, most of the comments and critics describe it as pretty different from others books of the Russian literature and admit that this is one of those books that can change your point of view. Originally Gogol used to talk about his own work as a poem, the reason is that into the story rhymes and rhythm are often used to build details around people and objects. Many readers talk about the setting of this book in terms such as hallucinatory reality or surreal reality and the author describes these scenes with an ironic accent that in more than one part arrives to have a bitter taste. As if what said wouldn't be enough to make this book particular the author decided to base the structure of the story on both hidden and clearly shown questions about morality and existence, a theme that in that period was dear to the author as proved by moralistic advices that he used also in different works of those years. Originally the book were supposed to become just the first part of a bigger work about Russia and Russian population, a work which would have had its main source of inspiration in the work of Dante Alighieri and that would have ideally seen low characters in its first part and then gradually more decent people in others. The idea of Gogol to create such a work, anyway, will remain unfinished. Originally the author wrote another book which was supposed to be the second part of this first piece but will be Gogol himself to destroy it before his more

Product details

  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.57mm | 607.81g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508629854
  • 9781508629856

Rating details

45,822 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 36% (16,333)
4 36% (16,408)
3 21% (9,734)
2 6% (2,581)
1 2% (766)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X