Tolstoy's Fifty Influential Books

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It's delightful to see the items by Dickens and Gogol too & to have read them & relished them. Gogol's Dead Souls in the Pevear-Volokhonsky translation is one of a handful of things I've read that have had me almost gasping with mirth. (In case anyone didn't know -- the title shouldn't suggest at all something grim, morbid, dreary; the novel, or anyway the Part One that's the bulk of it & the only Part he finished) is a masterpiece about a conman in rural Russia.

It's interesting that Dostoevsky doesn't make the list.
 

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