Dead Souls

Author: Nikolay Gogol

Translator: Robert A Maguire

  • Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: 29 Jul 2004
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Synopsis

Dead Souls is 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.

Product details

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780140448078
  • Size: 129 x 198mm
  • Pages: 512
  • Published: 29 Jul 2004
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
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