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By Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol, Constance Garnett

Russia’s first significant novel, and maybe nonetheless its most well liked, Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls is a comic book epic of greed and gluttony that's well-liked not just for its colourful forged of characters and devastating satire, but in addition for its feel of ethical fervor.

The anti-hero of the radical is a guy named Chichikov, who hatches a super plan to get wealthy speedy. he'll trip via Russia and purchase up, at decreased premiums, the lately deceased serfs of landowners, who now won’t need to pay executive taxes at the ‘dead souls.’ With this checklist of fictitious serfs as collateral, Chichikov can purchase an property and start accumulating his fortune. What follows is a chain of grotesquely funny transactions with Russian landowners, every one extra queer and repellant than the final. even supposing Gogol spends a lot of the unconventional exposing the evils of the Russian gentry via absurd and hilarious satire, he additionally expresses a passionate love for his state that resonates with readers even today.

A stylistic journey de strength, encompassing an surprising variety of voices from soft, intimate lyricism to strong, bawdy ribaldry, Dead Souls is an intensely felt anatomy of the human situation.

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