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Dead Souls
by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

ISBN: 9780140448078
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 512
DIMENSIONS: 198mmX129mmX22mm 351grams

Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in the provincial town of N', visiting a succession of landowners and making 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 re-invent 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. Dead Souls, Russia's first major novel, is one of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy.

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