December 1, 2004
December 1, 2004
Chichikov, an enigmatic stranger and schemer, buys deceased serfs' names from their landlords' poll tax lists hoping to mortgage them for profit and to reinvent himself as a gentleman.
Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov makes his way through the rural Russian countryside visiting landowners and town officials in a scheme to buy up "dead souls"--serfs who have died since the last census. He secretly hopes to have enough "souls," at least on paper, for financial leverage in a real estate deal in eastern Russia. Chichikov is alternately welcomed and greeted with suspicion by villagers, lawyers, town presidents, fellow travelers, and retired military men. Through these characters, Gogol paints a semi-allegorical portrait of the attitudes, weaknesses, habits, and eccentricities of his fellow countrymen. Sometime after he began "Dead Souls" in the autumn of 1835, Gogol became more and more convinced that he was writing an epic that would embrace all of Russia. This ambition consumed him, and, although he worked tirelessly on this project until his death by fasting in 1852, the version of "Dead Souls", as it was published in 1841, remains the only finished volume of a projected three-volume work.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Classics, Literary, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Society + Social Issues, Types of Characters, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Stages of Life, Philosophy, Human Qualities + Behavior, Peoples + Cultures, Humorous Fiction
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Robert A Maguire , Nikolai Vasil'evich Gogol
- Online Item #: 11338601
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-6573
- ISBN: 9780140448078
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported