65% done with Dead Souls

I keep having to remind myself that Gogol wrote this book decades before Tolstoy. It’s almost as if Gogol foresaw the grand Russian epics with noble characters and their treatises of philosophical and historical concerns towards the Russian character.

Or Tolstoy took up Gogol’s dare as a challenge.

I also love how characters lament the state of corruption by saying the art was better played in older days.