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free read Мертвые души 106 T deal possible and others yet hold on to their dead for dear life since if somebody wants what you have then no matter what don’t give it away Chichikov’s scheme soon encounters obstacles but he is never without resource and as he stumbles forward as best he can Gogol paints a wonderfully comic picture of Russian life that also serves as a biting satire of a society as corrupt as it is cynical and silly At once a wild phantasmagoria and a work of exacting realism Dead Souls is a supremely living work of art tha. Another classic bucket list book As he buys dead souls in an attempt to help increase his social standing Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov represents the all too common association that is made between power ethics and the law The dead on the list are treated by the law better than they ever were when they were living Should be reuired reading to get an MBA

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free read Мертвые души 106 T spills over with humor and passion and absurdity       Donald Rayfield’s vigorous new translation corrects the mistakes and omissions of earlier versions while capturing the vivid speech rhythms of the original It also offers a fuller text of the unfinished second part of the book by combining material from Gogol’s two surviving drafts into a single compelling narrative This is a tour de force of art and scholarship and the most authoritative accurate and readable edition of Dead Souls available in Engli. What is this bookI can t remember any 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 advisorSo 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 smokeWhat 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 man travelling around in rural Russia in the 1820s buying the souls of dead peasants from their masters This isn t that kind of a supernatural book though buying dead souls the title was originally censored because as the Church teaches souls are immortal and can t be dead was a reasonable financial undertaking at the time Serfs could be mortgaged by their owners Censuses in Imperial Russia were only undertaken once every twenty five years and peasants who had died since the last one enjoyed a strange half life in which they could still be mortgaged even though as assets they were completely non liuid at least financially speaking since they were securely lodged in the graveyard So we find our hero or hero travelling about meeting various members of the nobility and attempting to buy their dead souls from themIf you ve read some of Gogol s short stories you ll have some idea of what to expect when a man meets various members of the nobility and attempts to acuire legal title to their dead serfs If you haven t read some of his short stories that s probably the best place to start In the three part scheme there would have been a return to moral grace but since this was burnt with in the background as Nabokov describes the still youngish but dying Gogol with leeches hanging off his long nose we re left instead with the tale of a wheeler dealer coaching round the bizarre and comical landowners that populated the imagined Ukraine of Gogol s pen The House on Tradd Street up in smokeWhat 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 man travelling around in rural Russia in the 1820s buying the souls of dead peasants from their masters This isn t that kind of a supernatural book though buying dead souls the title was originally censored because as the Church teaches souls are immortal and can t be dead was a reasonable financial 奔馬 undertaken once every twenty five years and peasants who had died since the last one enjoyed a strange half life in which they could still be mortgaged even though as assets they were completely non liuid at least financially speaking since they were securely lodged in the graveyard So we find our hero or hero travelling about meeting various members of the nobility and attempting to buy their dead souls from themIf you ve read some of Gogol s short stories you ll have some idea of what to expect when a man meets various members of the nobility and attempts to acuire legal title to their dead serfs If you haven t read some of his short stories that s probably the best place to start In the three part scheme there would have been a return to moral grace but since this was burnt with in the background as Nabokov describes the still youngish but dying Gogol with leeches hanging off his long nose we re left instead with the tale of a wheeler dealer coaching round the bizarre and comical landowners that populated the imagined Ukraine of Gogol s pen

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free read Мертвые души 106 An NYRB Classics OriginalThe 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 have up his sleeve the local landowners wonder even as some rush to unload what isn’t of any use to them anyway while others seek to negotiate the bes. What was the riddle indeed what was the riddle of the dead souls There was no logic whatsoever in dead souls Why buy dead souls Where would such a fool be found What worn out money would one pay for them To what end to what business could these dead souls be tacked And why was the governor s daughter mixed up in it If he wanted to carry her off why buy dead souls for that And if he was buying dead souls why carry off the governor s daughter Did he want to make her a gift of these dead souls or what The madness of Dead Souls Is it Gogol s madness or is it the insanity of Russian societyWhat is Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov up to Where does he come from He is insinuating himself into a community and going around to the local landowners and offering to buy up their dead peasants What is the going rate for dead souls One of the rules that I ve always followed in making business deals is that I must understand the motivations of the people I m negotiating with and the end game for all parties involved If Chichikov showed up on my doorstep with a ridiculous reuest to buy my obviously worthless or are they dead peasants I would have many uestions and would have to determine if he were brilliant or uite mad Being either or both can lead one to ruin or uite possibly to wealth and riches The much lauded translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky give us a clue to what Chichikov is up to in the introduction by explaining the system of serf ownership Landowners were not reuired to pay taxes but their peasants were and it was up to the landowner to collect them He was responsible for turning in the tax money for as many souls as has been counted in the latest census The action of Dead Souls is set in the period between the seventh official census of 1815 and the eighth taken in 1833 During that time a number of peasants would die but the master remained responsible for the tax on them until they were stricken from the rolls at the next census It was possible for a landowner to obtain money from the government by mortgaging some or all of the peasants of whom he was the certified owner So a plague sweeps through that takes a large number of your serfs all at once It is a tragedy on many levels Setting aside the fact that these are human beings and not just line items in a ledger book families are devastated The time for grief and the pairing of new couples from the remains of the old will slow reproduction Think of the time it takes a bairn to become a full grown useful laborer It is enough to leave a landowner gripping his hair in agitation Not only do you lose the use of the dead serf s labor but you also have to keep paying tax on those dead souls possibly for a number of years until the next census It is a very Russian very nonsensical system Nikolai Gogol was living abroad for most of the time he was writing this novel He had to come back to Russia to usher the first of three parts of the novel through the census board Golokhvastov the acting chairman of the census committee was disconcerted by the title of the book Dead Souls No never will I allow that the soul is immortal there can be no such thing as a dead soul the author is taking up arms against immortality When the idea of the novel was explained further to the chairman he was even offended Even worseThat means it is against serfdom I can see the struggle that Gogol had with this book but it isn t just about struggling with plots or wrestling with characters Gogol the man was battling Gogol the writer His expectations for himself were so high that feelings of failure were inevitable He burned the manuscript of part two in 1845 and 1852 Cathartic in the moment but what a hangover that must have left him with the next morning I ve been enjoying the Russian Prime series Gogol which has been a real pleasure to watch It begins with Gogol buying up books of his published poetry getting very drunk and burning them in a fireplace There have been numerous writers over the decades who I m sure have had similar reactions to their published work So Gogol keeps the reader in the dark as to Chichikov s true motivations for most of the novel As I was reading looking for hints of his past I kept speculating about who he is I kept thinking if I know about him maybe I can discover what he is up to Is he even a man Is he a demon stealing these souls Con man An escapee from a mental institution Gogol as the narrator does worry about his hero At several points Gogol speculates about whether readers will even like him at all Even then he understands the fickleness of readers One black smudge on his character that they don t approve of and his book goes from a five star to a one star If he thought readers were harsh on books during his time imagine what he would think of the readers on Goodreads today What is the going rate for dead souls It seems to be an arbitrary number certainly negotiable and believe me these suspicious landowners are worried about being hoodwinked One widow says to him I will check on the prices As if there is a stock market price for dead souls To have a going rate one must have buyers certainly than one seemingly crazy one There are certainly comedic elements to the book After all it is a farce of Russian culture and a condemnation of the owning of serfs Any criticism offered by a Russian writer of the system had to be hidden beneath a veneer of humor The book does have a cobbled together feel to it The censoring committee did demand some changes though according to Pevear they were minor so it wasn t censorship that created this disjointed feeling I would say that Gogol wrote thousands of words maybe hundreds of thousands that never made it into the final manuscript It did take me a bit of time to settle into the novel but I was driven by a burning curiosity to know exactly what Chichikov was up to I also took pleasure in smiling at Gogol s caricatures of Russian people and the speculations they shared with one another that upon the retelling went from baseless fiction to fact I did fear that our hero would find himself being carried out of town on a rail This Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation is highly recommended If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    [Мертвые души] EBOOK FREE Another 'classic bucket list' book As he buys dead souls in an attempt to help increase his social standing Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov represents the all too common association that is made between power ethics and the law The dead on the list are treated by the law better than they ever were when they were living Should be reuired reading to get an MBA

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