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Title:Dead Souls
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Publisher:Penguin Classics
ISBN:0140448071
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Number of Pages:512
Category:Classics, Fiction, Russia, Russian literature, Literature

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, Robert A. Maguire

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The Nose, Diary of a Madman and Other Stories, Taras Bulba, The Overcoat and Other Short Stories, , Village Evenings Near Dikanka and Mirgorod, The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls, The Overcoat, The Inspector General
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