In DEAD SOULS, a mysterious gentleman, Chichikov, comes to a small Russian town and begins buying "dead souls" from landowners, serfs who've died but are still taxed. In the end, Chichikov has a get-rich-quick scheme in mind, hoping to borrow against his "dead souls" while gaining the prestige and respect he desires.
About the Author
Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809-1852) was a Russian writer of Polish and Ukrainian descent. He is considered to be the father of modern Russian realism, often satirizing the political corruption of the Russian Empire under the Tsars, which lead to his exile.