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Dead Souls

Dead Souls
Author: Nikolai Gogol
ISBN 13: 9780300060997
ISBN 10: 300060998
Edition: Subsequent
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 1996-02-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $22.00

A satirical gem, Gogol's Dead Souls exemplifies his particular gift of exhibiting the true failings of humanity in all their absurdity.

Regarded as the first great masterpiece of Russian literature, Dead Souls mixes realism and symbolism for a vivid and highly original portrait of Russian life.

Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in a provincial town with a bizarre but seductive proposition for local landowners. He proposes to buy the names of their serfs who have died but who are still registered on the census, saving their owners from paying tax on them. But what collateral will Chichikov receive for these "souls"?

Full of larger-than-life Dickensian characters rogues and scoundrels, landowners and serfs, conniving petty officials, and the wily antihero Chichikov Dead Souls is a devastating comic satire on social hypocrisy.