20% done with Dead Souls

You wouldn’t think a Russian novel titled ‘Dead Souls’ would be drop-the-book, laugh-out-loud funny, but it is.

The conversation where Chichikov tries to buy the souls of the lady’s dead peasants is so perfect that it transcends the 160 years and Russian culture without effort.

This is a much welcome follow-up to super-sober Dostoyevsky.