Gogolʹ, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich, 1809-1852.
New York : Modern Library, 1936, ©1923
Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Gogolʹ; Constance Garnett; Clifford Odets
|注意：||Translated by Constance Garnett.
"First Modern library edition."
|描述：||265 pages ; 17 cm.|
|丛书名：||Modern library of the world's best books.|
|责任：||by Nikolai Gogol ; with an introduction by Clifford Odets.|
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 nineteenth-century Russia and a work of great symbolism, continues to inspire twenty-first century authors and readers.