I’m not gonna lie to you, I first picked up this book because I like Gogol Bordello and found out they were named after this author. I googled the author, thought this book sounded interesting and downloaded it to my Kindle. I wish I could tell you that I was just interested in Gogol’s satirical representation of Soviet mentality, but the truth I just like pop music.
Saying that, I did genuinely like the storyline here. The basic premise is this: Chichikov is a fraudster. That’s not a spoiler by the way, we are privy to this information from the beginning. He travels around Russia buying up ‘dead souls’. Continue reading