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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dead Souls

One more novel from my trip to Ukraine, this was one from the Ukraine-born Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls - similarly to the The Daughter of the Commandant but much more so - pokes holes into the Russian self-satisfied noble middle class who - to varying degrees - rely on their serfs and petty business deals (and corruption) for their well-being. 

I have to admit that I found this novel difficult to read though. It seemed too drawn out in its story-telling, too repetitive in a way. Still interesting during my quest to find out more about the Slavic world I was traveling in recently.

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