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Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls is the great comic masterpiece of Russian literature–a satirical and splendidly exaggerated epic of life in the benighted provinces.

Gogol hoped to show the world “the untold riches of the Russian soul” in this 1842 novel, which he populated with a Dickensian swarm of characters: rogues and scoundrels, landowners and serfs, conniving petty officials–all of them both utterly lifelike and alarmingly larger than life. Setting everything in motion is the wily antihero, Chichikov, the trafficker in “dead souls”–deceased serfs who still represent profit to those clever enough to trade in them.

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.

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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 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.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400043194
Author:
Nikolai Gogol trans Pevear and Volokhonsky
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Translator:
Pevear, Richard
Translator:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Author:
Various
Author:
Gogal, Nikolai Vasil'evich
Author:
Tolstoy, Leo
Author:
Pevear, Richard
Author:
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Author:
Gogol, Nikolai Vasil'evich
Author:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Author:
Pushkin, Alexander
Author:
Gogol, Nikolai
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Series:
Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
12 x 9 x 5 in 11.45 lb

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Product details 488 pages Everyman's Library - English 9781400043194 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"From the Trade Paperback edition.

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