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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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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.

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One of five beloved Christmas classics in collectible hardcover editions

 

Written in 1831 by the father of Russian literature, this uproarious tale tells of the blacksmith Vakulas battle with the devil, who has stolen the moon and hidden it in his pocket, allowing him to wreak havoc on the village of Dikanka. Both the devil and Vakula are in love with Oksana, the most beautiful girl in Dikanka. Vakula is determined to win her over; the devil, equally determined, unleashes a snowstorm to thwart Vakulas efforts. Zany and mischievous, and drawing inspiration from the folk tales of Gogols far-flung village in Ukraine, The Night Before Christmas is the basis for many movie and opera adaptations, and is still read aloud to children on Christmas Eve in Ukraine and Russia.

 

Penguin Christmas Classics

 

Give the gift of literature this Christmas.

 

Penguin Christmas Classics honor the power of literature to keep on giving through the ages. The five volumes in the series are not only our most beloved Christmas tales, they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A Christmas Carol revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. The Night Before Christmas brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And The Nutcracker inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year.

 

Beautifully designed—with foil-stamped jackets, decorative endpapers, and nameplates for personalization—and printed in a small trim size that makes them perfect stocking stuffers, Penguin Christmas Classics embody the spirit of giving that is at the heart of our most time-honored stories about the holiday.

 

Collect all five Penguin Christmas Classics:

 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope

A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott

The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol

The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann

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.

  • In his introduction, translator and Gogol scholar Robert Maguire discusses the protracted and troubled story of the novel's composition, Gogol's narrative technique, and his place in the Russian and European literary traditions
  • Includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, appendices, glossary, map, and notes

About the Author

Nikolai Gogol (1809–1852) was born in Ukraine and left for St. Petersburg at the age of nineteen. From 1836 to 1848 he lived mainly in Rome, where he wrote Dead Souls. Robert A. Maguire is professor emeritus of Russian studies at Columbia University. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and several other awards for his studies and published works.

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bloodywerewolf, April 26, 2009 (view all comments by bloodywerewolf)
Contrary to what most people think, I think that the title dead souls is a metaphor. The author Gogol, wrote this book in order to criticize the russian upper class. I think that be naming the title Dead Souls, he is not talking about the serfs that Chichikov, the hero of our poem, buys. Instead I believe he is talking about the aristocracy themselves. The aristocracy that, it would seem, are materialistic and have no deeper soul. This is prominent throughout the book as Gogol depicts the aristocracy as shallow minded. (Chichikov is Napoleon, Captain Kopeykin story in Chapter 10 for instance)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140448078
Translator:
Maguire, Robert A.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Maguire, Robert A.
Author:
Kivshenko, Aleksei
Author:
Maguire, Robert A.
Author:
Summers, Anna
Author:
Gogol, Nikolai
Author:
Grabar, Igor
Author:
Magarshack, David
Author:
Makovsky, Konstantin
Author:
Gogol, Nikolai Vasil'evich
Author:
Gogal, Nikolai Vasil'evich
Location:
N
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Russia Social life and customs 1533-1917.
Subject:
Swindlers and swindling - Russia
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Christmas Classics
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
January 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
198 X 129 in.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
One of five beloved Christmas classics in collectible hardcover editions

 

Written in 1831 by the father of Russian literature, this uproarious tale tells of the blacksmith Vakulas battle with the devil, who has stolen the moon and hidden it in his pocket, allowing him to wreak havoc on the village of Dikanka. Both the devil and Vakula are in love with Oksana, the most beautiful girl in Dikanka. Vakula is determined to win her over; the devil, equally determined, unleashes a snowstorm to thwart Vakulas efforts. Zany and mischievous, and drawing inspiration from the folk tales of Gogols far-flung village in Ukraine, The Night Before Christmas is the basis for many movie and opera adaptations, and is still read aloud to children on Christmas Eve in Ukraine and Russia.

 

Penguin Christmas Classics

 

Give the gift of literature this Christmas.

 

Penguin Christmas Classics honor the power of literature to keep on giving through the ages. The five volumes in the series are not only our most beloved Christmas tales, they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A Christmas Carol revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. The Night Before Christmas brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And The Nutcracker inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year.

 

Beautifully designed—with foil-stamped jackets, decorative endpapers, and nameplates for personalization—and printed in a small trim size that makes them perfect stocking stuffers, Penguin Christmas Classics embody the spirit of giving that is at the heart of our most time-honored stories about the holiday.

 

Collect all five Penguin Christmas Classics:

 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope

A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott

The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol

The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann

"Synopsis" by ,

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.

  • In his introduction, translator and Gogol scholar Robert Maguire discusses the protracted and troubled story of the novel's composition, Gogol's narrative technique, and his place in the Russian and European literary traditions
  • Includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, appendices, glossary, map, and notes

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