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What do you do when you are a young, headstrong woman who wants to lead an independent life during a time when it was taboo? Shunning social convention, Ann Veronica sets forth at aged twenty-one to study in London, freeing herself from the familiar. Beyond the family home, she discovers a world of intellectuals and suffragettes...and falls in love with a married man. But nothing comes for free..... With its feminist overtones, Ann Veronica caused quite a stir when it was first published in 1909.
The novel follows Chichikov, an unscrupulous young gentleman of a middle social class who is determined to make his fortune. He plans to buy the title to serfs that have died since the last census. The owners should be agreeable as they are still paying tax on the dead 'souls'. Nabakov described Gogol as a great writer whose prose style combined superb descriptive power with a disregard for novelistic clichés. In this most unusual work Gogol combines devastating satire and beautifully rendered characters to create an enduring masterpiece.
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