Dead Souls (Paperback)

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A stranger arrives in a Russian backwater community with a bizarre proposition for the local landowners: cash for their "dead souls," the serfs who have died in their service and for whom they must continue to pay taxes until the next census. The landowner receives a payment and a relief of his tax burden, and the stranger receives "-- what?" Gogol's comic masterpiece offers a vast and satirical painting of the Russian panorama as it traces the path and encounters of its mysterious protagonist in pursuit of his dubious scheme. "Dead Souls, " regarded as both a realistic portrait of 19th-century Russia and a work of great symbolism, continues to inspire 21st century authors and readers.

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ISBN: 9780486426822
ISBN-10: 0486426823
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: June 9th, 2003
Pages: 272
Language: English