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Dead Souls

Nikolai Gogol

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Dead Souls is a book by Nikolai Gogol, chronicling the travels and adventures of Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov and the people whom he encounters. Chichikov combs the back country, looking for 'dead souls'- deceased serfs who still represent money to anyone sharp enough to trade in them. The reader is introduced to a Dickensian cast of peasants, landowners, and conniving petty officials, few of whom can resist the seductive illogic of Chichikov's proposition. Note: Although the novel ends in mid-sentence, it is usually regarded as complete in the extant form.

№ 2 in 20 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die.

This book has 242 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1842; this translation by D. J. Hogarth, 1915.

Production notes: This e-book of Dead Souls was published by Global Grey ebooks on the 17th February 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Wait for the train' by Franz Roubaud.

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