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Nikolai Gogol

Dead Souls

Dead Souls is Nikolai Gogol’s last novel, and follows the tale of Pavel Chichikov, a down-on-his-luck gentleman determined to improve his lot in life. The story charts his scheme to purchase dead souls—the titles of deceased serfs—from wealthy landowners.
The novel’s satirical take on the state of Russian society at the time leads Chichikov into increasingly difficult circumstances, in his attempts to cheat the both the system and the cavalcade of townspeople he meets along the way.
Originally planned as a trilogy, Gogol apparently only completed the first two parts, and destroyed the latter half of the second part before his death. The novel as it stands ends in mid sentence but is regarded as complete.
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  • Heine Melkevikcompartió su opiniónhace 7 años
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    The masterpiece of Gogol - until 90% into the book it is truly amazing and then the growing lunacy of Gogol can be seen and the book fall a bit apart.

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  • rebeklycompartió una citael mes pasado
    be­gin­ning, and not the middle, is the right start­ing point.
  • rebeklycompartió una citael mes pasado
    who is born with thou­sands, and is brought up to thou­sands, will never ac­quire a single ko­peck more, for he will have been set up with the amen­it­ies of life in ad­vance, and so never come to stand in need of any­thing. It is ne­ces­sary to be­gin from the be­gin­ning rather than from the middle; from a ko­peck rather than from a rouble; from the bot­tom rather than from the top. For only thus will a man get to know the men and con­di­tions among which his ca­reer will have to be carved.
  • rebeklycompartió una citael mes pasado
    On the con­trary, to make thou­sands hon­estly is a far more dif­fi­cult mat­ter than to make mil­lions. Mil­lions are eas­ily come by, for a mil­lion­aire has no need to re­sort to crooked ways; the way lies straight be­fore him, and he needs but to an­nex what­so­ever he comes across. No rival will spring up to op­pose him, for no rival will be suf­fi­ciently strong, and since the mil­lion­aire can op­er­ate over an ex­tens­ive ra­dius, he can bring (as I have said) two or three roubles to bear upon any­one else’s one. Con­sequently, what in­terest will he de­rive from a thou­sand roubles? Why, ten or twenty per­cent. at the least.”
    “And it is bey­ond meas­ure mar­vel­lous that the whole should have star­ted from a single ko­peck.”

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