Dead Souls (Abridged / MP3 CD)

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Gogol's great Russian classic is the Pickwick Papers of Russian Literature. It takes a sharp but humorous look at life in all its strata, but especially the devious complexities in the country with its landowners and serfs. We are introduced to Chichikov, a businessman who, in order to trick the tax authorities, buys up dead "souls" or serfs whose names still appear on the government census. Despite being a dealer in phantom crimes and paper ghosts, he is the most beguiling of Gogol's characters. Gogol's obsession with attempting to display "the untold riches of the Russian soul" eventually led him to madness, religious mania and death. Dismissed by him as merely "a pale introduction to the great epic poem which is taking shape in my mind," Dead Souls is the culmination of Gogol's genius.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781522633341
ISBN-10: 1522633340
Abridged: Yes
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks on Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: April 26th, 2016
Language: English