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Dead Souls

Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

Dead Souls (Russian: ??????? ????) by Nikolai Gogol, Russian writer, was first published in 1842, and is one of the most prominent works of 19th-century Russian literature. Gogol himself saw it as an "epic poem in prose", and within the book as a "novel in verse". Despite supposedly completing the trilogy's second part, Gogol destroyed it shortly before his death. Although the novel ends in mid-sentence (like Sterne's Sentimental Journey), it is usually regarded as complete in the extant form. In Russia before the emancipation of the serfs in 1861, landowners were entitled to own serfs to farm their land. Serfs were for most purposes considered the property of the landowner, and could be bought, sold, or mortgaged against, as any other chattel. To count serfs (and people in general), the measure word "soul" was used: e.g., "six souls of serfs". The plot of the novel relies on "dead souls" (i.e., "dead serfs") which are still accounted for in property registers. On another level, the title refers to the "dead souls" of Gogol's characters, all of which visualise different aspects of poshlost (an untranslatable Russian word which is perhaps best rendered as "self-satisfied inferiority", moral and spiritual, with overtones of middle-class pretentiousness, fake significance, and philistinism). (Summary from Wikipedia)

Dead Souls (Russian: ??????? ????) by Nikolai Gogol, Russian writer, was first published in 1842, and is one of the most prominent works of 19th-century Russian literature. Gogol himself saw it as an "epic poem in prose", and within the book as a "novel in verse". Despite supposedly completing the trilogy's second part, Gogol destroyed it shortly before his death. Although the novel ends in mid-sentence (like Sterne's Sentimental Journey), it is usually regarded as complete in the extant form. In Russia before the emancipation of the serfs in 1861, landowners were entitled to own serfs to farm their land. Serfs were for most purposes considered the property of the landowner, and could be bought, sold, or mortgaged against, as any other chattel. To count serfs (and people in general), the measure word "soul" was used: e.g., "six souls of serfs". The plot of the novel relies on "dead souls" (i.e., "dead serfs") which are still accounted for in property registers. On another level, the title refers to the "dead souls" of Gogol's characters, all of which visualise different aspects of poshlost (an untranslatable Russian word which is perhaps best rendered as "self-satisfied inferiority", moral and spiritual, with overtones of middle-class pretentiousness, fake significance, and philistinism). (Summary from Wikipedia)
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Dead Souls (Russian: ??????? ????) by Nikolai Gogol, Russian writer, was first published in 1842, and is one of the most prominent works of 19th-century Russian literature. Gogol himself saw it as an "epic poem in prose", and within the book as a "novel in verse". Despite supposedly completing the trilogy's second part, Gogol destroyed it shortly before his death. Although the novel ends in mid-sentence (like Sterne's Sentimental Journey), it is usually regarded as complete in the extant form. In Russia before the emancipation of the serfs in 1861, landowners were entitled to own serfs to farm their land. Serfs were for most purposes considered the property of the landowner, and could be bought, sold, or mortgaged against, as any other chattel. To count serfs (and people in general), the measure word "soul" was used: e.g., "six souls of serfs". The plot of the novel relies on "dead souls" (i.e., "dead serfs") which are still accounted for in property registers. On another level, the title refers to the "dead souls" of Gogol's characters, all of which visualise different aspects of poshlost (an untranslatable Russian word which is perhaps best rendered as "self-satisfied inferiority", moral and spiritual, with overtones of middle-class pretentiousness, fake significance, and philistinism). (Summary from Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

14h 44m


Chapters

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01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

37:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

38:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

28:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

29:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

39:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

23:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

38:34


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

34:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

30:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

42:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

26:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

29:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

44:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

40:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

38:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

33:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

52:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

43:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

41:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

33:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

22:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

24:40