Dead Souls

Dead Souls


Introduction by: Robert A. Maguire
Translator: Robert A. Maguire
Notes by: Robert A. Maguire

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140448078
  • 512 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

One of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy

Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in a provincial town and visits a succession of landowners to make 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 reinvent 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.

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Praise

Gogol was a strange creature, but then genius is always strange. (Vladimir Nabokov)”
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