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Dead Souls: A Novel

Authors: Gogol, Nikolai
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC014000, FIC004000, FIC052000
ISBN: 9780307797810, Related ISBNs: 0307797813, 0517199483, 0679602658, 0679776443, 1400043190
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 432,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Since its publication in 1842, Dead Souls has been celebrated as a supremely realistic portrait of provincial Russian life and as a splendidly exaggerated tale; as a paean to the Russian spirit and as a remorseless satire of imperial Russian venality, vulgarity, and pomp. As Gogol's wily antihero, Chichikov, combs the back country wheeling and dealing for "dead souls"--deceased serfs who still represent money to anyone sharp enough to trade in them--we are introduced to a Dickensian cast of peasants, landowners, and conniving petty officials, few of whom can resist the seductive illogic of Chichikov's proposition. This lively, idiomatic English version by the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky makes accessible the full extent of the novel's lyricism, sulphurous humor, and delight in human oddity and error.
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