Presenting Gogol's comic novel about a mysterious con man and his grotesque victims, this translation is accompanied by an introduction and by appendices that outline excerpts from the translator's work on other Gogol texts, and by letters Gogol wrote around the time he was writing this novel.
Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), Russian short-story writer, novelist, and playwright, is best known for his novel Dead Souls, his play The Inspector-General, and stories such as The Nose and The Overcoat. Bernard Guilbert Guerney (1894-1979) was a bookstore owner, fiction writer, and translator of Russian literature. Susanne Fusso is associate professor of Russian at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Designing Dead Souls: An Anatomy of Disorder in Gogol.