“Now the landowner we visited had good people. I like to have a talk, if people are good; we’re always friends, fine friends, with good people: drink tea, have a bite to eat—I’m very happy to do that if people are good. Anyone will pay respect to good people.”
― Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls
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And our new translation of Gogol’s Dead Souls goes on sale today!
Why read this translation and not another? Here’s your answer:
Donald Rayfield’s vigorous new translation corrects the mistakes and omissions of earlier versions while capturing the vivid speech rhythms of the original. It also offers a fuller text of the unfinished second part of the book by combining material from Gogol’s two surviving drafts into a single compelling narrative.