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By Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol, Constance Garnett

Russia’s first significant novel, and maybe nonetheless its most well-liked, Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls is a comic book epic of greed and gluttony that's popular not just for its colourful solid of characters and devastating satire, but additionally for its experience of ethical fervor.

The anti-hero of the radical is a guy named Chichikov, who hatches a super plan to get wealthy fast. he'll trip via Russia and purchase up, at lowered charges, the lately deceased serfs of landowners, who now won’t need to pay govt taxes at the ‘dead souls.’ With this checklist of fictitious serfs as collateral, Chichikov should buy an property and start gathering his fortune. What follows is a sequence of grotesquely funny transactions with Russian landowners, every one extra queer and repellant than the final. even if Gogol spends a lot of the unconventional exposing the evils of the Russian gentry via absurd and hilarious satire, he additionally expresses a passionate love for his state that resonates with readers even today.

A stylistic journey de strength, encompassing an surprising diversity of voices from soft, intimate lyricism to strong, bawdy ribaldry, Dead Souls is an intensely felt anatomy of the human situation.

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In those days, Huckleberry Finn was also part of my arsenal of defenses against those who questioned my decision to major in literature during the black revolution; for me, it served to justify art itself not just as entertainment but as equipment for living and even as a form of political action. For here was a book whose message of freedom had been so forcefully articulated that it was still sounding clearly all these years later, all over the world. What was I doing in the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond that was as courageous and selfless (and yet as individually self-defining)舒as profoundly revolutionary 舒as Huck舗s act of helping to rescue Jim?

This trade paperback edition published in 2008. Š Introduction, Notes, and For Further Reading Copyright @ 2003 by Robert G. O舖Meally. Š Note on Mark Twain, The World of Mark Twain and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Inspired by Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Comments & Questions Copyright ũ 2003 by Barnes & Noble, Inc. Š All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

We had the sky, up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made, or only just happened舒Jim he allowed they was made, but I allowed they happened; I judged it would have took too long to make so many. 舡 (page 140) Š 舠Hain舗t we got all the fools in town on our side? 舡 (page 162) Š I reckon a body that ups and tells the truth when he is in a tight place, is taking considerable many resks. 舡 (page 173) Š You can舗t pray a lie舒I found that out.

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