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The Resource Dead souls, Nikolai Gogol; Series edited by Keith Carabine; Translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood; Introduction by Anthony Briggs

Dead souls, Nikolai Gogol; Series edited by Keith Carabine; Translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood; Introduction by Anthony Briggs

Label
Dead souls
Title
Dead souls
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Nikolai Gogol; Series edited by Keith Carabine; Translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood; Introduction by Anthony Briggs
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Chichikov is willing to relieve their owners of the tax burden by buying the titles for a song. What he does not say is that he then proposes to take out a huge mortgage against these fictitious citizens and buy himself a nice estate in Eastern Russia. Will he get away with it? Who will rumble him?
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UK-WkNB
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1809-1852
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Gogol, Nikolai Vasilevich
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AF
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Hapgood, Isabel Florence
  • Briggs, Anthony
  • Carabine, Keith
Series statement
Wordsworth classics
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  • Real property
  • Serfs
  • General
  • Russia
Summary expansion
Russia in the 1840s. There is a stranger in town, and he is behaving oddly. The unctuous Pavel Chichikov goes around the local estates buying up 'dead souls'. These are the papers relating to serfs who have died since the last census, but who remain on the record and still attract a tax demand. Chichikov is willing to relieve their owners of the tax burden by buying the titles for a song. What he does not say is that he then proposes to take out a huge mortgage against these fictitious citizens and buy himself a nice estate in Eastern Russia. Will he get away with it? Who will rumble him? Does this narrative contain a deeper message about Russia itself or the spiritual health of humanity? There is much interest and some suspense in considering these issues, but the real pleasure of this story lies elsewhere. It is an enjoyable comic romp through a retarded part of a backward country, a picaresque series of grotesque portraits, situations and conversations described with Gogolian humour based mainly on hyperbole. This is, quite simply, the funniest book in the Russian language before the twentieth century
Target audience
general
Label
Dead souls, Nikolai Gogol; Series edited by Keith Carabine; Translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood; Introduction by Anthony Briggs
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Publication
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Paperback
Control code
9781840226379
Dimensions
20x13x3 cm.
Extent
496 p.
Isbn
9781840226379
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Dead souls, Nikolai Gogol; Series edited by Keith Carabine; Translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood; Introduction by Anthony Briggs
Publication
Note
Paperback
Control code
9781840226379
Dimensions
20x13x3 cm.
Extent
496 p.
Isbn
9781840226379
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print

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