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Dead Souls by Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol, Robert A. Maguire

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By Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol, Robert A. Maguire

Dead Souls is among the most unique works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy. Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in a provincial city and visits a succession of landowners to make every one a wierd provide. He proposes to shop for the names of lifeless serfs nonetheless registered at the census, saving their proprietors from paying tax on them, and to take advantage of those “souls” as collateral to reinvent himself as a gentleman. during this ebullient masterpiece, Gogol created a ugly gallery of human kinds, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial idiot Manilov, and, chiefly, the devilish con guy Chichikov.
* In his creation, translator and Gogol pupil Robert Maguire discusses the protracted and stricken tale of the novel's composition, Gogol's narrative procedure, and his position within the Russian and ecu literary traditions
* features a chronology, feedback for extra interpreting, appendices, word list, map, and notes

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Dead Souls is likely one of the most unique works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy. Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in a provincial city and visits a succession of landowners to make every one a wierd provide. He proposes to shop for the names of lifeless serfs nonetheless registered at the census, saving their vendors from paying tax on them, and to exploit those “souls” as collateral to reinvent himself as a gentleman. during this ebullient masterpiece, Gogol created a gruesome gallery of human forms, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial idiot Manilov, and, mainly, the devilish con guy Chichikov.
* In his creation, translator and Gogol student Robert Maguire discusses the protracted and tale of the novel's composition, Gogol's narrative procedure, and his position within the Russian and ecu literary traditions
* features a chronology, feedback for additional interpreting, appendices, word list, map, and notes

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ANDR EA : Crystal? GALI L E o : Like huge soap bubbles one inside the other and the stars are supposed to be tacked onto them .. Spin the band with the sun on it. ( ANDREA does so. ) You see the fixed ball in the m iddle? ANDREA : Yes . GA L I L EO : That's the earth. For two thousand years man has chosen to believe that the sun and all the host of stars revolve about him . Well . The Pope, the cardinals, the prince s, the schol ars, captains, merchants, house­ wives, have pictured themselves squatting in the middle of an affa ir like that.

ANDREA returns, bringing One scudo was not enough. I had to leave my cap with him before he 'd let me take them away. GALI L E O : We'll get it back someday. Give them to me . (He ANDREA : takes the lenses over to the window, holding them in the relation they would have in. a telescope. ) What are those for? Something for the Senate. With any luck, they will rake in two hundred scudi . Take a look ! ANDREA : My, things look close ! I can read the copper letters on the bell in the Campanile. And the washer­ women by the river, I can see their washboards!

They are dressed in formal, festive clothes. VIRGINIA is fourteen and charming. She carries a velvet cushion on which lies a brand-new telescope. Behind GALI L EO are some AR T IS A NS from the A rsenal. There are onlookers, L U DOVICO among them. ( announcing) : Senators, A rtisans of the Great Arsenal of Ve nice ; Mr. Galileo G al i lei, professor of mathematics at your University of Padu a. C URATOR GAL IL E O steps forward and starts to speak. Members of the High Senate ! Gentlemen : I have great pleasu re, as director of thi s institute, in present­ ing for you r approval and acceptance an entirely new instrument originating from this our Great Arsenal of the Republic of Venice.

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