By Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol
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Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls is the nice comedian masterpiece of Russian literature–a satirical and wonderfully exaggerated epic of lifestyles within the benighted provinces.
Gogol was hoping to teach the realm “the untold riches of the Russian soul” during this 1842 novel, which he populated with a Dickensian swarm of characters: rogues and scoundrels, landowners and serfs, conniving petty officials–all of them either completely real looking and alarmingly higher than existence. environment every thing in movement is the wily antihero, Chichikov, the trafficker in “dead souls”–deceased serfs who nonetheless symbolize revenue to these smart adequate to alternate in them.
This full of life, idiomatic English model by means of the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky makes available the entire quantity of the novel’s lyricism, sulphurous humor, and enjoyment in human oddity and blunder.
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Dead Souls (Everyman's Library) by Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol