London: John and Robert Maxwell,, . Translated from the Russian by Isabel F. Original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, covers blocked in gilt and blind. Monogram booklabels - "E. F" - to front pastedowns; faint pencil signature of Dennis Smith to front free endpapers.
Spines a little sunned and soiled with a small chip to vol. II, light wear to extremities, hinges just beginning to split, light abrasion to front free endpaper of volume I. A very good copy. Crowell, New York, The novel first appeared in English in under the title Home Life in Russia, but that was an adaptation of part one only, with an altered ending.
Isabel Florence Hapgood's translations from the Russian "were numerous and in their day influential She was one of the early translators of Gogol and Tolstoy, and it is a sign of the popularity of things Russian that her versions of Gogol's Dead Souls and Taras Bulba were immediately reissued without acknowledgement by the enterprising publisher Vizetelly, who contented himself with having them slightly revised" Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, vol. IV, p. The pirated edition of Vizetelly was published a month after the UK issue of the first edition, and the two should not be confused.
Dead Souls by Gogol, Nikolai
Dead Souls was first published in Moscow in under the censor-imposed title The Adventures of Chichikov, and told the story of a middling gentleman intent on raising his social standing by buying the names of deceased serfs from landowners in order to commit fraud. Gogol's original intention was to publish a further two parts mimicking the structure of the Divine Comedy. In the second part Chichikov would experience a moral transformation corresponding to purgatory, but Gogol burned the manuscript shortly before his death.
Seller: Peter Harrington Published: . London: Vizetelly and Company, Very Good. First single-volume British edition.
Dated title page. Follows two-volume issues in under a different title, , and See Line, Ettlinger, and Gladstone. Original blue cloth with black lettering, blue endpapers. Translated by Isabel Hapgood, uncredited. Split hinges, textblock solid.
By Nikolai Gogol - Dead Souls (Dover Thrift Editions) (2003-06-24) [Paperback]
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All items are carefully enclosed with bubble wrap. We ship promptly and worldwide via US Post and will email you a tracking number. Vizetelly and Company, January First Thus. Blue cloth covered boards with black text on cover and spine. Yet what secret, what invincible force draws me to you? Why does there ceaselessly echo and re-echo in my ears the sad song which hovers throughout the length and the breadth of your borders? In a way, thus, Gogol's story makes for a great short story, but having seemingly stretched it in length past pages, by including such ruminations as just quoted and having Chichikov almost perform the same routine with a slew of landowners, Gogol expends less effort to wrap up his story.
Eventually, in frustration, a landowner gives Chichikov some advice: "No matter what may be said to the contrary, the body can never dispense with the soul. Why, then, will you not try to walk in the right way, and, by thinking no longer of dead souls, but only of your only living one, regain, with God's help, the better road? One tells Chichikov herein: "Nature loves patience: always remember that. It is a law given her of God himself, who has blessed all those who are strong to endure.
So, yes, this book has many fine aspectsasides on Russia and the Russian sensibility, some satire, comedic flourishesbut they don't sustain this novel. My apologies to all afficinados of Russian literature who will probably enjoy this novel , but most others, I reckon, will find other Russian novels by Bulgakov, Zamyatin, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, etc. Devastatingly funny: The satire that launched modern novel in Russia From Amazon Nikolai Gogol's Dead Soul launches the 'great Russian novel form' with a satire, so apt and so funny, that the novel remains as one of the most popular Russian text ever.
Gogol's own personal life may have been a dire disaster, but as a novelist he stands next to only Tolstoy and Dostovesky, as short story writer only Chekov comes close to his fame, and mind you, he preceded them and their writing. He was, alongside Pushkin, one of the major early forces in Russian literary scene.
Since all other major novelists from Russia have delved into tragedies and melodramas, going down to philosophical and religious questions, Dead Souls comes as a relief fun read, rather one of the funniest reads. In Dead Souls, he provides a cast of unforgettable and hilarious characters in episodes that leave you reeling with laughter. The hero or the anti-hero Chichikov or Tchichikov drives from town to town, buying "dead souls" i.
The tax was based on census numbers, and since many peasants died between two census years, landowners ended up paying taxes on people who didn't exist. Chichikov's brilliant idea was to collect a long list of dead peasants he had bought, and use that for getting a estate for himself. The novel tells us a story after story of his meeting his landowners and getting his purchase by a mix of tact, sweet talk, and so on, each purchase is full of absurd and funny details.
Beyond the obvious laughters, the novel provides a very detailed description of Russia in early nineteenth century. The sketches of nature bring alive similes and metaphors that Gogol who was a failed poet uses remarkably well.
While the observations related to people, customs, bureaucracy and Russia are full of brilliant wit, they in fact recreate a lively and throbbing world to us. The world as it was. The bureaucracy has not changed much since then. Nor have the quacks and hacks and cheats who make fortunes by buying and selling dubious things.
Hence Dead Souls has this undying and translatable humor that will keep this book in publication forever.
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