Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol

Dead Souls.  A very intriguing title, I'm sure you'll agree.

Dead Souls. A very intriguing title, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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