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Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in the provincial town of 'N', visiting a succession of landowners and making each a strange offer. He proposes to buy the names of dead serfs still registered on the census, saving their owners from paying tax on them, and to use these souls as collateral to re-invent himself as a gentleman. In this ebullient masterpiece, Gogol created a grotesque gallery of human types, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial fool Manilov, and, above all, the devilish con man Chichikov. Dead Souls, Russia s first major novel, is one of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy.
About the Author
Gogol, Nikolay Vasilyevich (1809-52), Russian writer, whose plays, short stories, and novels rank among the great masterpieces of 19th-century Russian realist literature.
Gogol was a strange creature, but then genius is always strange. (Vladimir Nabokov)"
ISBN: 9780140448078 ISBN-10: 0140448071 Series: Penguin Classics Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 512 Published: 24th November 2004 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1