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A mysterious stranger arrives in town with a bizarre but seductive proposition for landowners, proposing to buy the names of their serfs who have died. But what collateral will he receive for these ""souls""?
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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 translator Robert A Maguire makes accessible the full extent of the novel's lyricism, sulphurous humor, and delight in human oddity and error.
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Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809-1852) was a Ukrainian-born Russian writer often called the "father of modern Russian realism" because he was one of the first Russian writers to criticize his country's way of life. The novels Taras Bul'ba and Dead Souls (1842), the play The Inspector-General (1836, 1842), and the short stories "Diary of a Madman," "The Nose," and "The Overcoat" (1842) are among his best-known works. With their scrupulous and scathing realism, ethical criticism, as well as philosophical depth, they remain some of the most important works of world literature.
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Book Description Blackstone Audio, 2012. Audio CD. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111433295172
Book Description Blackstone Audio, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1433295172