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GOGOL, N.: Dead Souls (Abridged)


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GOGOL, N.: Dead Souls (Abridged)

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 the country with its landowners and serfs. We are introduced to Chichikov, 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.

Disc 1

  Dead Souls
1.   To the door of an inn... 00:08:57
2.   The following day he devoted... 00:05:56
3.   This category represented... 00:06:55
4.   For more than two weeks... 00:05:48
5.   Only God can say what Manilov's... 00:05:30
6.   'How like you our town' 00:07:37
7.   At length the company rose from the table 00:05:13
8.   'For what purpose do you want it' 00:05:52
9.   As soon as Manilov had pronounced... 00:06:16
10.   Meanwhile, Chichikov, seated... 00:06:30
11.   Fortunately, fate had decided... 00:07:08
12.   Next day it was late in the morning... 00:04:45

Disc 2

  Dead Souls
1.   We have seen that... 00:05:22
2.   However the old lady still... 00:07:21
3.   So she departed... 00:05:50
4.   On reaching the tavern... 00:04:20
5.   'Ha, ha, ha!' he cried 00:08:03
6.   At thirty five Nozdrev... 00:06:11
7.   The guests returned... 00:05:54
8.   Chichikov himself perceived... 00:08:29
9.   On rising, he made it... 00:05:43
10.   Nozdrev approached Chichikov... 00:04:40
11.   Certainly Chichikov was... 00:06:10
12.   Sobakevitch's country house... 00:07:38

Disc 3

  Dead Souls
1.   'My dear,' said Sobakevitch... 00:04:19
2.   Our hero began in a sort of... 00:07:13
3.   For a while Sobakevitch... 00:05:42
4.   Chichikov's amusement... 00:04:18
5.   For several minutes... 00:08:00
6.   With that, Plushkin donned... 00:08:20
7.   When Chichikov awoke... 00:05:11
8.   Approaching the first desk... 00:06:03
9.   As soon as the two friends... 00:08:01
10.   Whilst the foregoing conversation... 00:05:33
11.   It was not long before... 00:07:25
12.   But an even more unpleasant... 00:06:55

Disc 4

  Dead Souls
1.   Next morning, before the usual hour... 00:08:28
2.   The men's party declared... 00:05:30
3.   On assembling at the residence... 00:04:51
4.   Meanwhile, Chichikov knew nothing... 00:08:47
5.   Nevertheless events did not turn out... 00:05:13
6.   Presently on turning a corner... 00:06:06
7.   Whether the character whom I... 00:06:22
8.   Before long he had grown... 00:06:25
9.   The foregoing constituted... 00:09:14
10.   Such phenomenally zealous... 00:06:51
11.   But here we are talking... 00:04:16

Total Playing Time: 05:01:11

Gogol, Nikolai

Griffin, G.

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: NA428412

Barcode: 9789626342848

Physical Release: 03/2003

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