Dead Souls. Petersburg Tales

  • Nikolai Gogol
  • Author:  Nikolai Gogol
  • Collection:  "Peaks" Collection
  • Year: 08-06-2015
  • Translator from Russian: Konstantin Konstantinov
  • Availability:  In Stock
  • Product Code:  1531-01
  • SKU: 13.0086
  • ISBN: 978-619-152-652-9
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Dead Souls is eloquent on some occasions, lyrical on others, and pious and reverent elsewhere. Nicolai Gogol was a master of the spoof. 

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 volume brings together Gogol's Petersburg Tales with his two most famous plays, all of which guide us through the streets of St. Petersburg, the city erected by force and ingenuity on the marshes of the Neva estuary. Something of the deception and violence of the city's creation seems to lurk beneath its harmonious facade, however, and it confounds its inhabitants with false dreams and absurd visions. 

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About the Author

Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809–1852) was a Russian speaking dramatist of Ukrainian origin. Although Gogol was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the preeminent figures of the natural schoo... Read more

Tags: Classics

Specification
Year 08-06-2015
Translator from Russian: Konstantin Konstantinov
Pages 552
Size 168/240 мм
Weight 0.7 kg
Collection Колекция "Върхове"
Cover Type Hardcover
Genre Classics

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