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Dead Souls
Nikolai Gogol
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The striving, vulgar Chichikov travels around the countryside collecting “dead souls” (deceased serfs still on the tax rolls) from landowners as a way to inflate his social standing. His travels give rise to bitingly satirical episodes through which Gogol lays bare the moral rot of the Russian middle class.

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A stranger arrives in a Russian backwater community with a bizarre proposition for the local landowners: cash for their &quot;dead souls.&quot; <br/>&quot;He proposes to buy the names of dead serfs still registered on the census, saving their owners from paying tax on them, and to use these 'souls' as collateral to re-invent himself as a gentleman. In this ebullient masterpiece, Gogol created a grotesque gallery of human types, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial fool Manilov, and, above all, the devilish con man Chichikov.&quot;
 
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Finished this &quot;unfinished&quot; Russian classic even if the author didn't. The nature of the book, Chichikov travels the 1800s Russian countryside &quot;buying&quot; ownership of dead serfs and meeting a wide assortment of people, lent itself well to reading through DailyLit.com Not exactly a road-trip book but Chichikov does travel and offers insights: &quot;I am travelling on my own account as well, in that, in addition to possible benefit to my health, I desire to see the world and the whirligig of humanity, which constitute, to so speak, a living book, a second course of education.&quot;
 
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