Impressions on Re-Reading Nikolai Gogol’s “Dead Souls”: Characters

Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol
1809-1852

Just a few quick notes:

As you may know, I have been listening to an audiobook of  Nikolai Gogol‘s Dead Souls for the second time, the first having been when I was in Russian lit class in college about 1978. I barely remember any of it from then except in a very broad, general fashion. But I remembered it was enjoyable and I remember one scene at the end of Book One (it’s divided into two books) where the protagonist is traveling across early nineteenth century Russia in his chaise with his coachman and valet in a very majestic, sweeping, epic moment as Gogol describes it.

I have been truly enjoying this like no other book I have read in the past twenty years. It is a terrific satire of not only nineteenth century Russian society, but of humanity as well. Indeed, the characters that Gogol describes are archetypes of certain types of people you probably see every day. You may well read one character’s dialog and think “I know someone just like that.” The characters are so vivid and distinctly different from each other that you can tell which character is speaking just by reading his words and their actions. There is one newlywed couple in a new home, where nothing has yet been finished being assembled or painted. This may be because they are so engrossed in and enchanted by each other, they don’t finish what they are doing. That may be because they kiss very frequently whenever they are together and they kiss so long that Gogol says you could “smoke a small cigar” while they kiss. There is another that is desperate for a friend and wants to become lifelong friends with anyone he meets. He also wants that friendship to be so intense that the Tsar will make them both general as a reward. There is another, a very fat, retired general, who pushes incredible amounts of food on his guests until they become so bloated they can hardly walk. Another is an incredible braggart who cheats at checkers and lies about his accomplishments and who he knows. There are many more.

Gogol must have had keen insight into human nature to be able to portray these people to bring them to life in the reader’s mind.

Anyway, I need to go now. I will post more later.

 

GOOD NEWS: The Print Edition of Nocturne Is Now Available

New cover of Nocturne

Paperback Cover as of August 9, 2020

On Saturday the 8th, I finished creating a print edition of my poetry collection Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover. It is now available, of course, through Amazon, as the Kindle edition is, but I signed it up for expanded distribution so you may be able to find it in stores and other outlets as well.

Now all of you that do not have Kindle can have a copy of Nocturne. Paperback format also makes it easier to give as a gift. You also don’t have to keep a paperback recharged or plugged in to read it.

Note that because the cost of printing full color photos is prohibitively expensive and would put Nocturne out of the reach of most readers. Ergo, I have omitted the illustrations. However, this edition does include several poems that were not included in the original Kindle edition.

The paperback cost, because paper is still more expensive than electrons, is $6.95 plus shipping. To get your copy, go to the link above or, if you lose the link or does not work, go to Amazon.com/author/philslattery, go to the prominent Kindle entry, and choose “other formats: paperback”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Print Edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror is Coming Soon

The new cover for A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror as of November 15, 2019.

The cover for A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror as of November 15, 2019.

The current print edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror has been prohibitively expensive from the start. Amazon priced it at $53.99. I didn’t see my mistake until yesterday. When I published it, I chose the option for full color, which is always expensive. I am working on a second edition now to bring down the price and expand the distribution to mortar and brick stores. The cover will be similar to the Kindle edition (as I just love that painting by Adolphe Bougereau). Hopefully, I will have it out by the end of the week. I don’t have a price for it yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOOD NEWS: The Print Edition of Nocturne Is Now Available

New cover of Nocturne

Paperback Cover as of August 9, 2020

On Saturday the 8th, I finished creating a print edition of my poetry collection Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover. It is now available, of course, through Amazon, as the Kindle edition is, but I signed it up for expanded distribution so you may be able to find it in stores and other outlets as well.

Now all of you that do not have Kindle can have a copy of Nocturne. Paperback format also makes it easier to give as a gift. You also don’t have to keep a paperback recharged or plugged in to read it.

Note that because the cost of printing full color photos is prohibitively expensive and would put Nocturne out of the reach of most readers. Ergo, I have omitted the illustrations. However, this edition does include several poems that were not included in the original Kindle edition.

The paperback cost, because paper is still more expensive than electrons, is $6.95 plus shipping. To get your copy, go to the link above or, if you lose the link or does not work, go to Amazon.com/author/philslattery, go to the prominent Kindle entry, and choose “other formats: paperback”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of woman in red turtleneck with face mask

Prevent the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Follow federal, state, and local guidelines. Use common sense when the guidelines are insufficient.