Dead Souls
Dead Souls
A Novel


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.

Title Dead Souls
Subtitle A Novel
Author Nikolai Gogol
Publisher Vintage
Title First Published 25 March 1997
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 432 p.
ISBN-10 0679776443
ISBN-13 9780679776444
Publication Date 25 March 1997
Main content page count 432
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $16.00
 


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