Dead Souls (Paperback)

By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, D. J. Hogarth (Translator), Vincent Kelvin (Editor)

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781508427902, 284pp.

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (7/22/2009)
Paperback (2/28/2015)
Paperback (9/30/2014)
Paperback (7/5/2014)
Paperback (7/30/2014)
Paperback (2/25/2015)

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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.