One of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy
Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in a provincial town and visits a succession of landowners to make each a strange offer. He proposes to buy the names of dead serfs still registered on the census, saving their owners from paying tax on them, and to use these “souls” as collateral to reinvent himself as a gentleman. In this ebullient masterpiece, Gogol created a grotesque gallery of human types, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial fool Manilov, and, above all, the devilish con man Chichikov.
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Gogol was a strange creature, but then genius is always strange. (Vladimir Nabokov)”
About Nikolai Gogol
Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol was born in 1809; his family were small gentry of Ukrainian cossack extraction, and his father was the author of a number of plays based on Ukrainian popular tales. He attended school in Nézhin and gained a… More about Nikolai Gogol
Published by Penguin Classics Dec 28, 2004| 512 Pages| ISBN 9780140448078