Dead Souls

By Nikolai Vasil'evich Gogol; Richard Pevear (Translator); Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780679776444, 432pp.)

Publication Date: March 25, 1997

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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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Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky were awarded the PEN/ Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize for "The Brothers Karamazov" and have also translated Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment", " Notes from Underground", "Demons", and "The Idiot".

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky were awarded the PEN/ Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize for "The Brothers Karamazov" and have also translated Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment", " Notes from Underground", "Demons", and "The Idiot".
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