Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol

Another Russian classic by one of the 19th century Russian/Ukranian geniuses running around the steppes. Their personal lives were all messy and full of wild tales, but their writing cuts to the soul of what it is to be human. Is it any surprise that Gogol eventually starved himself to death in a religious fervor? Dead Souls was his last, unfinished (well, in that religious fervor he burned the second half) novel.

Unlike our Russian friends focused more on war or peace, Gogol skewers the upper crust of a small town. Our hero is going around to all the big landowners and buying up their dead serfs, which gives us a view into many different types of landowner and farm. He’s oddly coy when describing women, which I imagine may have also been due to that religious fervor. A strange book. An interesting book. Another Russian checked off the list.

Published by Bookish & Inked

Burgeoning poet, mistress of evenings.

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