Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol audiobook

Dead Souls

By Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Constance Garnett
Read by Nicholas Boulton

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14.90 Hours Unabridged
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Gogol’s great Russian classic is the Pickwick Papers of Russian literature. It takes a sharp but humorous look at life in all its strata, but especially the devious complexities in Russia with its landowners and serfs. We are introduced to Tchitchikov, a businessman who, in order to trick the tax authorities, buys up dead ‘souls’ or serfs whose names still appear on the government census. Despite being a dealer in phantom crimes and paper ghosts, he is the most beguiling of Gogol’s characters. Gogol’s obsession with attempting to display ‘the untold riches of the Russian soul’ eventually led him to madness, religious mania, and death. Dismissed by him as merely ‘a pale introduction to the great epic poem which is taking shape in my mind,’ Dead Souls is the culmination of Gogol’s genius.

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Gogol’s great Russian classic is the Pickwick Papers of Russian literature. It takes a sharp but humorous look at life in all its strata, but especially the devious complexities in Russia with its landowners and serfs.

We are introduced to Tchitchikov, a businessman who, in order to trick the tax authorities, buys up dead ‘souls’ or serfs whose names still appear on the government census. Despite being a dealer in phantom crimes and paper ghosts, he is the most beguiling of Gogol’s characters. Gogol’s obsession with attempting to display ‘the untold riches of the Russian soul’ eventually led him to madness, religious mania, and death.

Dismissed by him as merely ‘a pale introduction to the great epic poem which is taking shape in my mind,’ Dead Souls is the culmination of Gogol’s genius.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There are many voices, of many classes and temperaments, for Nicholas Boulton to portray in this audiobook. He meets the challenge with a wide range of British class and regional accents, along with character voices. More of a challenge is the range of moods, from comedy to near tragedy, and the problematical text, which lacks an ending as well as several chunks toward the end. In several cases, Boulton must build a scene that doesn’t have a conclusion. But he maintains as much continuity as possible, even generating sympathy for some reprehensible characters. The book is Gogol’s flawed masterpiece, and this is a presentation that it deserves. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Nikolai Gogol

Author Bio: Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol (1809–1852) was a preeminent Ukrainian-born author. He is particularly famous for those stories which veer in the direction of surrealism and the grotesque.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 14.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English