Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol was a renowned Russian author who lived during the 19th century. He is considered one of the pioneers of Russian realism and is best known for his satirical and fantastical works. Gogol’s writing style often combined elements of humor, social commentary, and the supernatural, creating a unique and captivating literary experience.

Born in Ukraine in 1809, Gogol’s works were heavily influenced by his Ukrainian heritage and the vibrant folklore of his homeland. His most notable works include “Dead Souls,” a satirical novel that critiques the corrupt bureaucracy of 19th-century Russia, and “The Overcoat,” a short story that explores themes of social inequality and the human condition.

Gogol’s contributions to Russian literature were significant, as he paved the way for future generations of authors to explore social and political issues through their writing. His works continue to be celebrated for their imaginative storytelling, vivid characters, and insightful critique of society.

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  • 1948: Dead Souls by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

    Dead Souls by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol is a classic novel that tells the story of a man named Chichikov who travels around Russia buying the “dead souls” of serfs who have died but are still listed as alive on the census. Chichikov’s plan is to use these dead souls as collateral to secure a loan, but his scheme is complicated by the corrupt officials and landowners he encounters along the way. The novel is a satirical commentary on the social and political realities of 19th century Russia, and Gogol’s vivid characters and humorous writing style make it a memorable and entertaining read.

    This edition of Dead Souls, translated by C.J. Hogarth and published by J.N. Dent & Sons LTD in 1948, includes an introduction by John Cournos and is part of the Everyman’s Library series. The book is in good condition despite its age, with a slightly rubbed and faded red cloth hardcover and no dust jacket.